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Related to phytophilous: phytophilia
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Adj.1.phytophilous - (of animals) feeding on plants
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
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The phytophilous family of Naididae was only represented by five species in this study: Nais pardalis, Ophidonais serpentina, Dero digitata, Slavina appendiculata, and Stylaria lacustris.
They correctly spelt words like phytophilous, xerostomia, and arenicolous, among thousands of other head-scratchers.
Due to the concentrations of proteins, lipids and soluble carbohydrates in the cell wall of aquatic macrophytes, this type of vegetation is a diverse food source and favors the development of a microfilm composed of bacteria, protozoa and algae on its surface, which in turn is a primary food source for several phytophilous species.