microphagy

microphagy

[mī′kräf·ə·jē]
(biology)
Feeding on minute organisms or particles.
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In an ontogenetic context, individuals of "deposit-feeding" species are likely to feed macrophagously on higher quality food (e.g., herbivory or carnivory) until they grow to a size that permits microphagy on lower quality, bulk sediments.