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noun, plural: carnivores

An animal or plant (particularly insect- and invertebrate-eating plants) that requires a staple diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue through predation or scavenging.


Examples of carnivores are lions, which consume up to seven kilograms of meat per day. In plants, the Venus flytrap is a well known carnivorous plant.

Word origin: Latin carne (flesh) and vorare (to devour).

Related forms: carnivorous (adjective)

See also: insectivore, piscivore

Related term: hypercarnivore, mesocarnivore, hypocarnivore

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Re: Small Mammal's Lower Jaw? Very unique- trying to identify

... the assertion that there is some serious deformation of the jaw. It's been awhile but I do see what I would call carnassials which would make it a carnivore, assuming that they are carnassials. Incisor count eliminates marsupial so if I had to guess it would be a small fox or cat. I'm not for sure ...

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by Grisner
Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:49 am
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Re: I hate to do this.

... within a food chain. trophic level True. The trophic levels are: 1. Producers (plants) 2. First consumers (herbivores) 3. Second consumers (carnivores) All above level 3 are carnivores. The web/chain/trophic level usually ends at an apex predator. An apex predator is a organism that doesn't ...

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by Larsa
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:07 am
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Topic: I hate to do this.
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scavenger == decayed /rotten meat eater ?

Carnivores eat meat. By definition, meat is dead. Carrion Eaters or Scavengers eat decaying meat. Carnivores tend not to eat decayed meat, while Carrion eaters prefer decaying meat but will eat fresh meat as well, with some ...

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by Scrotu90
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:24 am
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Topic: scavenger == decayed /rotten meat eater ?
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... the digestive system you will find here http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=379&catid=10&subcatid=68   The panda oddly enough is a carnivore not an herbivore: its stomach and intestines are adapted for meat and its teeth are so strong they can chew through metal . The panda esophagus ...

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by scottie
Mon May 09, 2011 9:44 pm
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Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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could anybody tell me what this animal is?

... doubt about it! What a sweetie! (Don't tell me, it grows up into a ferocious monster!) :) Julie. (actually, don't think it is Felix...definitely a carnivore though, I'm sure of it!)

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by Julie5
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: could anybody tell me what this animal is?
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