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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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panoplus was a strict herbivore and detritivore (Burress et al., 2013) while most of the other species were omnivores.
(2014), which had showed that detritivore groups prefer leaves of better quality, and this can be influenced by nutritional content and low content of compounds which complicate the fragmentation such as tannin, lignin and cellulose.
Sitvarin MI, Romanchek C, Rypstra AL (2015) Nonconsumptive predatorprey interactions: sensitivity of the detritivore Sinella curviseta (Collembola: Entomobryidae) to cues of predation risk from the spider Pardosa milvina (Araneae: Lycosidae).
0.1 0.6 0 0 Chrysomelidae Chrysomelidae 0.5 3.9 0.2 0.5 Family FC Hydrophilidae Detritivore Staphylinidae Predator Predator Nitidulidae Detritivore Detritivore Histeridae Detritivore Curculionidae Herbivore Herbivore Elmidae Detritivore Scarabaeidae Detritivore Not identified - Chrysomelidae Herbivore Table 2.
The digestion of protein and carbohydrate by the stream detritivore, Tipula abdominalis (Diptera, Tipulidae).
Compost piles supply resources that are ephemeral, unevenly distributed, and rich in energy; they sustain communities of detritivore microarthropods like mites, where many species experience frequent population peaks in response to fresh inputs (TAYLOR et al., 2010).
In which detritivore earthworms interact intensively with microorganisms and other fauna within the decomposer community, accelerating the stabilization of organic matter and greatly modifying its physical and biochemical properties (Dominguez et al., 2010).
Global patterns of stream detritivore distribution: Implications for biodiversity loss in changing climates.
Trumble, "Developmental responses of a terrestrial insect detritivore, Megaselia scalaris (Loew) to four selenium species," Ecotoxicology, vol.
In order to estimate feeding guild assemblages, each specimen was assigned the general feeding guild categories of detritivore, herbivore or predator, based on the feeding habits reported for each taxon.