Necrophage

Necrophage

 

(1) A phagocyte that absorbs the remains of continually atrophying and self-regenerating tissues in the body.

(2) Any carrion-eating animal. Among insects, a number of species of beetles and flies are necrophages; among birds, some vultures and the storks of the genus Leptoptilus; and among mammals, hyenas, aardwolves, and the golden jackal.

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flavicincta, despite having carnivorous larval habits, is similar to necrophage and pollen feeding bees (Serrao & Cruz-Landim 1995).
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Although it possibly feeds on material in the stomach, it might use decaying resources other than carrion too (Frolov & Scholtz 2005), and therefore belongs either to the guild of obligate necrophages or opportunistic saprophages (Villet 2011).
The feeding habits were defined through field observations and literature data (SICK, 1997; KRUGEL, 1998), considering the predominant food item: carnivores (CAR), necrophages (NEP), frugivores (FRU), granivores (GRA), insectivores (INS), nectarivores (NEC) and omnivores (ONI).
They are necrophages [organisms that eat dead animal carcasses], so they use the animal meat for their protein needs," says Fernando Noll, a biologist at the University of the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil.