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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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pelagic, benthic, litoral, ...) promote ecological segregation and sympatric speciation within distribution of the range of a species as well as dietary differences (piscivory, insectivory, detritivory, ...) (Horstkotte & Strecker, 2005; Joyce et al., 2005; Barluenga, Stolting, Salzburger, Muschick, & Meyer, 2006).
Bellwood, "Fine sediments suppress detritivory on coral reefs," Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2016.
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., 1997; Hahn et al., 1997).
Herbivory and detritivory among gammaridean amphipods from a Florida seagrass community.
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.