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An organism, such as a bacterium, fungus, or insect, that feeds on dead plant or animal matter.

[German Detritivor : Latin dētrītus, something worn away, detritus (from past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment) + Latin -vorus, eating, feeding on; see -vorous.]
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Jones III, Helfman, Harper, and Bolstad (1999) found lower fish abundance as riparian vegetation decreased, mainly because of the loss of benthic species, which were replaced by detritivorous species, tolerant to adverse environmental conditions and even invasive species.
The species included in our analysis are exclusively of non-carnivores, mainly detritivorous or omnivorous (Table 1), the two most abundant feeding groups in the Amazon Basin (Saint-Paul et al.
Members of Coleoptera have a wide range of trophic functions, but most of them are phytophagous, fungivorous, or detritivorous.
The presence of detritivorous and mycophagous organisms, as springtails and Oribatid mites, supports the hypothesis that they are using debris accumulated and underline the importance of arthropods on litter decomposition in bromeliads.
The detritivorous Embiidina have a nearly straight gut with a single bend after the ileum, an undifferentiated midgut, and a proventriculus larger than the crop covered internally with sclerotized spines (Bartel 1947, Lacombe 1971).
Herbivorous and detritivorous species are important components of mangroves as they feed on leaf-litter and decaying organic matter present on the forest floor (Dahdouh-Guebas et al.
Pseudemoia spenceri forages on the forest floor and in aerial tree habitats with detritivorous insects such as saprophagous flies (Diptera), cockroaches (Blattodea) and termites (Isoptera) forming a significant component (40.
It is considered herbivorous and detritivorous because it feeds on halophytic grasses (Spartina spp.