detrivorous

detrivorous

[də′triv·ə·rəs]
(biology)
Referring to an organism that feeds on dead animals or partially decomposed organic matter.
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The shrimp shows a detrivorous diet with an omnivorous regime, mainly characterized by sediments, Foraminifera, sponges, gastropods, Ophiuroidea and decapod remains (Baez & Andrade, 1980).
lineatus is in accordance with reports for other detrivorous species, which have diets comprised of between 10 and 70% organic matter (Bowen 1984, Araujo-Lima & Hardy 1987).
From these scraps of data, it is probable that Afrotropical Pachycerina are detrivorous or saprophagous in the larval stage, as with other lauxaniid larvae (Miller 1977), but possibly specializing on bird nests or other restricted microhabitats.
Lauringson & Kotta (2006) found that drifting algae favour several detrivorous, herbivorous, and carnivorous species as a result of increased habitat complexity in otherwise poorly vegetated coastal areas of the northeastern Baltic Sea.