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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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Detritivory is known to be a common feeding habit for Loricariidae species and relates to a morphologic adaptation of their digestive system, such as the mouth form and position and the length of the intestine, as well (Agostinho et al.
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Trophic ecology of red roach (Rutilus arcasii) in a seasonal stream: an example of detritivory as a feeding tactic.
A nutritional constraint in detritivory by fishes: the stunted population of Sarotherodon mossambicus in Lake Sibaya, South Africa.
Detrital processing in seagrass systems: a review of factors affecting decay rates, remineralization and detritivory.