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Feeding on decaying organic matter: saprophagous beetles.

sap′pro·phage (săp′rə-fāj′) n.
sa·proph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.
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(Zoology) (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
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(səˈprɒf ə gəs)

feeding on decaying animal matter.
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Adj.1.saprophagous - (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
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The groups Formicidae and Coleoptera, which present saprophagous and predatory organisms--in addition to individuals that simultaneously exercise these two functions--, had the highest concentrations in the rainy season in GRF, CSS, CRD and SSF, respectively.
Coleoptera include a large diversity of cosmopolitan, saprophagous individuals that are resistant to environmental change, play a role in nutrient-cycling and are also used in biological pest-control (Souto et al., 2008; Copatti & Daudt, 2009).
Adults Coleoptera remains Adults parts Larvae Larval exuviates Elytra Wings Legs Hymenoptera Formicidae Formicidae species Total Order Absolute abundance Ecological category Diptera 4 Necrophagous 144 Diptera remains 130 Coleoptera 15 Saprophagous 11 5 Saprophagous 11 Predator Predator Coleoptera remains 305 Hymenoptera 5 Omnivorous Total 630
These mosquito species larvae are saprophagous, and in the absence of decaying matter they can behave like facultative predators of other mosquito species (Lopes 1999).
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).
Preimaginal stages of sarco saprophagous Diptera are very interesting in forensic sciences from an applied point of view [25].
Adult beetles are mostly saprophagous, feeding on different kinds of decaying organic matter, whereas larvae are predaceous, preying on various invertebrates (Fikacek et al., 2010).
Most scavenger species are insects, belong to the orders Coleoptera, Diptera and Hymenoptera, but also arthropods such as spiders (Araneae), millipedes (Diplopoda), centipedes (Chilopoda) and isopods (Isopoda), are commonly associated with that resource and/or ephemeral habitats, due to their predatory or saprophagous habits (Norris 1965; Seastedt et al.
Depending on diet (saprophagous, phytophagous or predative), soil invertebrates are closely linked to each other as well as to microorganisms, plants and soil.
Pseudemoia spenceri forages on the forest floor and in aerial tree habitats with detritivorous insects such as saprophagous flies (Diptera), cockroaches (Blattodea) and termites (Isoptera) forming a significant component (40.7% within sample, n=82) of its diet (Brown 1986).