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Postby MIA6 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:14 pm

What’s the difference between decomposer and Scavenger? According to the definitions that i read, they both eat dead organisms? Hope you can tell me, thanks.
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Postby mith » Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:24 am

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Postby dr. dugmore » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:14 am

decomposers are fungi and bacteria, they have no moulths, they excrete enzymes over their food and suck it up to get the energy, that is of corse a rough explaination

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Postby mcar » Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:14 pm

Decomposers known too as detritus feeders, bacteria and fungi...
I think the size is a factor...
Scavengers could be bigger animals in sense... like vultures, hyenas...
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Re: decomposer

Postby volcob » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:21 am

the difference is that the scavengers eats those which was left by other animals or which may have died from illness or old age they use their canines to tear the flesh but the decomposers are mostly microorganism that doesnt have canines such as saprophites(produces enzymes to digest the food externally then vacuum it such as fungi etc) or you may just put it this way scavengers are macro eaters while decomposers are micro eaters
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Postby February Beetle » Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:43 am

What would you call insect, carrion beetle for instance? I would say macro eater but I am still unsure.

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Postby Beetle » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:10 am

My perspectiv to decomposers and scavangers would be this. Decomposers are those organisms that break down organic material to its basic components in sense that very few organisms can eat and live on their leftovers and excrements. In that gorup I would put bacteria and fungi. Scavangers would be organisms that activly search for dead organisms no matter of their size so everything from small insect to hyena.
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Postby gamar » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:00 am

A scavenger ingests dead organisms. A decomposer lives in or on food supplies and absorbs organic energy not harvested by consumers, leaving inorganic elements to the environment for recycling.
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