macroconsumer

macroconsumer

[¦mak·rō·kən′sü·mər]
(ecology)
A large consumer which ingests other organisms or particulate organic matter. Also known as biophage.
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Responses of aquatic invertebrate assemblages and leaf breakdown to macroconsumer exclusion in Amazonian "terra firme" streams.
We found no evidence of a trophic cascade; we predict that trophic cascades (resulting from changes in macroconsumer abundance) will be rare in tropical streams that are characterized by omnivorous fishes and shrimps that are orders of magnitude larger than the basal resources and primary consumers that they eat.
Stable isotopes and gut analyses to determine feeding relationships in saltmarsh macroconsumers. Estuar.
Effects of increased bedload on algal-and detrital-based stream food webs: experimental manipulation of sediment and macroconsumers. Limnol.
The shrimps also constitute a fundamental element in the aquatic ecosystem fauna, where they function as macroconsumers.
Alternatively, the small mesh size (1 [mm.sup.2]) of our litter bags may have excluded some critical macroconsumers and detritivores in this ecosystem.
Feeding ecology of selected coral-reef macroconsumers: patterns and effects on coral community structure.
Effects of increased bedload on algal- and detrital-based stream food webs: Experimental manipulation of sediment and macroconsumers. Limnol.