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An animal (such as a vulture or coyote) that eats carcasses abandoned by predators, digs through trash cans for food, etc., true scavengers seldom kill their own prey (but many animals are not exclusively scavengers).

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... Buzzards and Vultures are detritivores. Detritivores digest the dead organic matter internally after eating it. Detritus includes dead animals. Scavengers are detritivores that specialize in consuming dead animals.

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by NiceSpirit
Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Fungus?
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Views: 15876

Mystery Bone! Help?

... that it's only a fragment - there are 2 rough outer edges, but I can't tell whether the bone was broken or simply worn down from the weather, scavengers, etc. I live in Vermont, and this was found where the woods meet a farmer's field. So it could potentially be from ANY animal...a wild animal ...

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by mookielou37
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Mystery Bone! Help?
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Re: Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish

... "saprophytic" is not used much anymore but generally refers to the ingestion of dead or decaying organic matter. By this definition, scavengers are saprophytes, which may be one of the reasons why the term is no longer commonly used. Spiders usually either secrete or inject digestive ...

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by wbla3335
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:36 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Mode of nutrition of spider and starfish
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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 exceptions. There are some Carrion ...

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by Scrotu90
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: scavenger == decayed /rotten meat eater ?
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Views: 4314

Coral and Scyphzoans

... the dominant body form (I think it's this 1, am i right?) B.They are generally smaller than hydrozoan medusae C.Most livein fresh water D.They are scavengers

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by purplec16
Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:47 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Coral and Scyphzoans
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