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Feeding on excrement: coprophagous beetles.

cop·roph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.


(Zoology) (esp of certain beetles) feeding on dung
copˈrophagy n


(kəˈprɒf ə gəs)

feeding on dung, as certain beetles.
cop•ro•pha•gi•a (ˌkɒp rəˈfeɪ dʒi ə, -dʒə) n.
cop•roph′a•gist (-dʒɪst) n.
cop•roph′a•gy, n.
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The use of trophic guilds/ functional guilds (necrophagous, saprophagous, coprophagous, tunnelers, dwellers and rollers) may also reveal interesting differences in the structure and functioning of ecosystems and landscape (Paoletti, 1999).
Muscidae possess diverse feeding habits, although most of the species are coprophagous or saprophagous.
Most larvae of genus Musca live in dung and are coprophagous, but a few live in a much wider range of substrates.
However, less is known about smaller beetles, especially about coprophagous scarabaeids or zoophagous small carabids in the hoopoe diet.
First report of four coprophagous beetle species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in El Salvador
Coyote scats were removed more frequently than bobcat scats in two studies and these differences may reflect differences in dietary content and nutritional value to coprophagous species (Sanchez et al.
Notes on the seasonal dynamics of some coprophagous Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera) species in Manisa province, western Anatolia.
Abundance and diversity of coprophagous beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) caught with a light trap in a pasture area of the Brazilian Cerrado.
Coprophagous kleptoparasites have not been previously recorded in other fly families.
The large number of coprophagous species may be the result of the abundance of feral livestock.
Biogeographical and ecological factors affecting the altitudinal variation of mountainous communities of coprophagous beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabeoidea): a comparative study.