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detritivore

[di′trid·ə‚vȯr]
(ecology)
An organism that consumes dead organic matter.
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Detritivore Curculionidae Metamasius hemipterus Z Herbivore Curculionidae sp.
Interestingly, the two taxa experiencing persistent negative effects of geoduck aquaculture activities--Families Spionidae and Orbiniidae--are selective detritivores and deposit feeders, respectively (see Table 1 of VanBlaricom et al.
The trophic group analysis highlighted a substantial increase in soil engineers, detritivores and herbivores in the A0 humic soil layer after EFB application (Table 4).
The macroinvertebrates were then classified into seven Functional Feeding Groups (FFGs): shredders, collector-gatherers, collector-filterers, scrapers, predators, detritivores and parasites, using the criteria of Merrit & Cummins (1996), Miserendino & Pizzolon (2003) and Perez et al.
Amphibians are important components of ecosystems because they transfer energy from invertebrates, mainly detritivores, to higher trophic levels (Cogalniceanu et al 2000).
Both species are primarily detritivores and algivores and are facultatively predaceous on small invertebrates (McKinley, 1973; Fisher et al.
They cycle energy through the aquatic system as herbivores, predators, and detritivores.
Population ecology and production of benthic detritivores.
Of approximately 2000 species of native millipedes, most are thought to be important detritivores in the Australian landscape (Black 1997), including alpine ecosystems.
2] fixing bacteria, in the mangroves might be partially due to an increase in oxygen production during active growth of autotrophs and predation of the bacteria by the detritivores (Holguin et al.
It is organic, and is therefore susceptible to the depredations of all manner of microbes and detritivores that want to have a gnaw.