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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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Thus, they will] play an important role in the breakdown of organic material, being occasional detritus feeders.
While there has been numerous published work on the identification and distribution of freshwater fungi, this book goes further to explore the roles that fungi play in freshwater ecosystems such as the breakdown of leaf little to provide food for detritus feeders.