detritivore

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de·trit·i·vore

 (dĭ-trī′tə-vôr′)
n.
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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prey species of different trophic level including herbivore insect pests of crop like aphids, detrivore, conspecifics, and other predators (Wise, 1993; Oelbermann et al., 2008).
Significant differences (p < 0.05) are in bold Model Total Suspension Herbivore feeder Sediment Abundance < 0.001 0.069 < 0.001 Biomass 0.573 0.809 < 0.001 Vegetation Abundance 0.025 0.001 < 0.001 Biomass < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 Model Carnivore Detrivore Omnivore Sediment Abundance < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 Biomass 0.988 0.209 < 0.001 Vegetation Abundance 0.202 0.660 < 0.001 Biomass < 0.001 0.170 < 0.001
Furthermore, we tested whether the difference between mean predator and detrivore [delta][N.sup.15] value was significantly different from [[delta].sub.N] (Welch's t wo-tailed t' test; Zar 1999).
Wild catfish are bottom feeders, and many are detrivores, or species that eat dead material on the bottom of bodies of water.