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Living or growing on excrement, as certain fungi.
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(Botany) growing in or on dung
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(kəˈprɒf ə ləs)

living or growing on dung, as certain fungi.
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The mostly frozen hummocks consist of well-preserved remains of the coprophilous moss Aplodon wormskioldii, with an active layer ~10 cm deep in July (M.
Proximate composition and antioxidant activity of Panaeolus antillarium, a wild coprophilous mushroom.
Finally, cluster 5 incorporated five pollen types (Aster, Cardueae, Plantago lanceolata, Urtica dioica, Poaceae) and four coprophilous non-pollen palynomorphs (Riccia, Podospora, Sporormiella, Asterosporium) with intermediate levels of clustering (based on their rescaled distance values) consistent with a grouping of disturbance taxa.
felsina, which breeds in cattle dung (Flernandez 1989), species of the genus Psilochaeta, which are considered as coprophilous (Carvalho et al.
"Depressed by the melancholy transformation of the old neighborhood, and furious with God's vermin whose coprophilous tendencies he regarded as the cause, he returned to Bedford Avenue and boarded a crosstown car" (113).
Pilobolus, a coprophilous zygomycete, is associated with herbivores.
The number of families of coprophilous flies was greater during spring (October-December) and in autumn (April) while necrophilous flies showed the highest richness of families only from October to November.
Coprophilous, invertebrates, including cockroaches, filth flies, earthworms, snails, and slugs, may serve as transport hosts for 0ocysts to reach the gastrointestinal tract of animals or humans [19].