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insectivore

insectivore (ĭnsĕkˈtəvōrˌ), term broadly given to any insect-eating animal or plant. The term also refers to mammals of the former order Insectivora, in which was included the shrew, mole, hedgehog, tenrec, and solenodon. Members of this group, which were thought to be closely related to the earliest placental mammals, are small animals, ranging from 2 to 16 in. (5–40 cm) in length; they are generally quite active, are generally nocturnal, and feed on a variety of small animals, particularly worms and insects. The other groups of placental mammals, including the primates, the order to which humans belong, were considered to have evolved as radiations from a primitive insectivore stock; the tenrecs, for example, have certain anatomical features in common with the more primitive marsupials, or pouched mammals. Those former insectivores that were not reclassified in another order are now included in the orders Erinaceomorpha (hedgehogs) and Soricomorpha (shrews, moles, and solenodons).
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insectivore

1. any placental mammal of the order Insectivora, being typically small, with simple teeth, and feeding on invertebrates. The group includes shrews, moles, and hedgehogs
2. any animal or plant that derives nourishment from insects
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TABLE 4 Number of species recorded colliding with windows and documented by trophic guild, Monteverde, Costa Rica Trophic guilds Bird-window Birds documented collision in Monteverde species study area* Insectivores 57 157 Frugivores 22 35 Nectarivores 14 22 Granivores 10 24 Omnivores 0 4 Carnivores 0 20 Aquatic 0 3 invertebrates eaters Scavengers 0 2 103 267 * Species documented at premontane moist forest, premontane wet forest and lower montane wet forest line zones by Fogden (2014).
Furthermore, three feeding guilds, i.e., Insectivore, Omnivore, and Carnivore/Piscivore-/Insectivore of migrant birds were recorded in five habitats.
Significant use of cottonwood patches during both seasons by several individual species and by insectivores generally indicates that food resources may be higher in this habitat compared to tamarisk and residential patches.
When the probability of sampling is taken into account, we can draw the inferred ranges for the rodent and insectivore genera.
Noting to four was reported in insectivore bats [24,14].
Pitcher plants such as sarracenia purple flower like the same conditions as other insectivores and, as with any group of plants, once you get the conditions right, the whole plant group should be within your grasp.
Tenrecs are small, insect-eating mammals once classified as insectivores with moles and hedgehogs but are now recognized as members of a separate order in the superclade, Afrotheria.
2 H 1.2 Perognathus H 15.7 Peromyscus H 1.8 Microtine H 0.6 Canis latrans C 7.8 Vulpes C 1.8 Lynx rufux C 0.6 Urocyon C 3 Taxidea C 0.6 99.8 * I = insectivore, H = herbivore, C = carnivore.
This programme follows 24 hours in the life of a Leptictidium, a small, hopping insectivore, as she attempts to keep her offspring safe from the dangers of the forest.
Fishes also were identified by principal feeding group (herbivore, insectivore, piscivores) for statistical purposes (Table 3).
Other members of the oligarchy were a 6-g hover-gleaning insectivore, Oncostoma olivaceum, which frequented the abundant midstory vine tangles; the putative core species of canopy insectivore flocks, the vireo Hylophilus decurtatus; and the omnivorous, but apparently primarily frugivorous, treetop flycatcher Z immerius vilissimus (Wetmore et al.