geophagous


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geophagous

[jē′äf·ə·gəs]
(zoology)
Feeding on soil, as certain worms.
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It could easily have been learnt from the geophagous behaviour of a wide range of animals and might in fact have had its origins among the earliest pre-human primates.
The practice of clay eating could easily have been learnt by observing the geophagous behaviour of a whole range of other animals, or may have been a pre-human condition.
03:45 CRATERING OF ROADSIDE SOILS BY GEOPHAGOUS ACTIVITY OF WHITE-TAILED DEER, SALT FORK STATE PARK, GUERNSEY COUNTY, OHIO.
Geophagous behavior by deer in the park is presumably driven by the elevated concentrations of sodium in roadside soils that result from the application of de-icing salt on park roads, applied at a rate of about 200 tons/yr averaged over the period 1988-1997.
Topoliantz S, Ponge JF (2003a) Burrowing activity of the geophagous earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus (Oligochaeta: Glossoscolecidae) in the presence of charcoal.