detritivore

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detritivore

[di′trid·ə‚vȯr]
(ecology)
An organism that consumes dead organic matter.
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Millipedes as a group are generalized detritovores associated with damp or moist areas where they can feed on rotting plant material.
For instance, Putman explains the lower biomass of producers relative to primary consumers in aquatic communities as a greater dependence of consumers on detritovores, rather than the more common distinction between standing crop biomass and rates of production and turnover.