Phytophagan

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Phytophagan

 

an animal whose diet consists exclusively of plants. True phytophagans include many insects, among them polyphagans, oligophagans. and monophagans. Many herbivorous vertebrates, such as rodents and grain-eating birds, are not phytophagans, as they also feed on animals, mainly invertebrates.

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