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.
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In the combined data from both years, the most abundant family by far was the predacious Chamaemyiidae or aphid flies (46% of all specimens collected), followed by the phytophagous and saprophagous Chloropidae or grass flies (26% of total specimens).
Drosophilid species are saprophagous and their basic ecological niche consists of decaying plant materials and fungi (David et al.
Decaying fruits contain carbohydrates that are decomposed into short carbon chain alcohols, such as methyl alcohol, ethanol, propyl alcohol and butanol, which can attract the saprophagous Drosophila species to lay eggs.
Their larval stages are coprophagous and saprophagous, and during these stages, they feed on a gelatinous film of decaying organic matter and vertebrate faeces (4-7).
Thus, some of them were categorized in: predators, saprophagous, and herbivorous (Table 2).
This is the case of Diptera saprophagous, coprophagous et necrophagous.
Most of the genera reported in this study include saprophagous species (Table 1).