saprophagous


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saprophagous

(să-prŏf′ə-gəs)
adj.
Feeding on decaying organic matter: saprophagous beetles.

sap′pro·phage (săp′rə-fāj′) n.
sa·proph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.

saprophagous

feeding on dead or decaying organic matter.
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Saprophagous families were not as abundant or diverse as in many other habitats, and this may be due to the nature of my sites.
This is the case of Diptera saprophagous, coprophagous et necrophagous.
scalaris, for example, can be herbivorous, saprophagous, necrophagous, parasitic, or predatory (Disney 1983) which, along with a reduced lifespan and high fecundity, explains its abundance in all environments.
Adult beetles are mostly saprophagous feeding on different kinds of decaying organic matter whereas larvae are absolutely predaceous preying on various invertebrates (Fikacek et al.
hirsuta are saprophagous, rather than predatory, and pointed out a number of larval characteristics indicative of saprophagy/coprophagy.
Flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) are typically saprophagous and frequently found associated to ephemeral resources, like carrion and faeces (Ives 1991, Mendes and Linhares 1993).
Adults are primarily fungivores or are saprophagous and larvae feed on dead and decaying plant matter ranging from wood to humus.
Saprophagous organisms feed on the dead organs of plants, on animal corpses (necrophages), or on excrement (coprophages).
The roles of terrestrial saprophagous arthropods in forest soils: current status of the concepts.