detritivore and decomposer

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detritivore and decomposer

Post by wonderkid » Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:03 pm

what difference between detritivore and decomposer?

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Post by mith » Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:26 pm

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Post by wonderkid » Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:53 am

i know that.but i dont understand the sentence:
'animal that consumes decomposing organic particles, deriving nutrition primarily from microbes on the particles.'
that's why i ask in the forum!

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Post by mith » Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:25 pm

ok, simpler terms, one turns it into poop, the other turns it into simpler organic compounds.

For example detritivore=vulture
decomposer=bacteria

Feel free to update the definitions on our dictionary if you think it would help others understand, it's a wiki after all :)
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Post by wonderkid » Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:27 am

ok.thanks!.........................................

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