saprophagous

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sa·proph·a·gous

 (să-prŏf′ə-gəs)
adj.
Feeding on decaying organic matter: saprophagous beetles.

sap′pro·phage (săp′rə-fāj′) n.
sa·proph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.

saprophagous

(sæˈprɒfəɡəs)
adj
(Zoology) (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter

sa•proph•a•gous

(səˈprɒf ə gəs)

adj.
feeding on decaying animal matter.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.saprophagous - (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
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23 Total 236 193 100 PA: Parasitoid of leaf-cutter ants; PO: Parasitoid of other species; S: Saprophage.
Note: Trophic group assignments: F = fungivore, Pr = predator, S = saprophage, and X = xylophage.
This species behaves like a saprophage in soils with a high content of decomposing organic material, and eats the remains of harvested rice and sugar cane crops, but has been observed eating roots in sandy soils with little organic material (Deloya 1998).