heterotrophic succession

heterotrophic succession

[¦hed·ə·rə‚träf·ik sək′sesh·ən]
(ecology)
A type of ecological succession that involves decomposer organisms.
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Vertebrate carcass decomposition implies a heterotrophic succession where, throughout relatively discrete diverse stages, various arthropod groups colonize the carrion as a resource for feeding and breeding (Golf, 1993; Centeno et al.