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Detrivore

Definition

noun, plural: detrivores

An organism that feeds on detritus, or organic waste.


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Examples include millipedes, woodlice, dung flies, many terrestrial worms and burying beetles.

By consuming dead organic matter they speed up decomposition by increasing the surface area available to detritivoric bacteria.


Also called: detritivore, detritus feeder.
Compare: carnivore, herbivore.
See also: detritus.


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Ecological Niche

... niche, which means they then would have to compete for the same resources (prey). So there can be ecological niches such as: predator, herbivore, detrivore, etc.

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by SteveYst
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Ecological Niche
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