diet

Detritivore animals

35 species

Detritivores (also known as detrivores, detritophages, detritus feeders, or detritus eaters) are organisms that obtain nutrients by consuming detritus (decomposing plant and animal parts as well as feces). There are many kinds of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants that carry out coprophagy. By doing so, all these detritivores contribute to decomposition and the nutrient cycles. They should be distinguished from other decomposers, such as many species of bacteria, fungi, and protists, which are unable to ingest discrete lumps of matter, but instead, live by absorbing and metabolizing on a molecular scale (saprotrophic nutrition). Detritivores are usually arthropods and help in the process of remineralization. Detritivores are also an important aspect of many ecosystems. They can live on any type of soil with an organic component, including marine ecosystems, where they are termed interchangeably with bottom feeders.
Detritivores (also known as detrivores, detritophages, detritus feeders, or detritus eaters) are organisms that obtain nutrients by consuming detritus (decomposing plant and animal parts as well as feces). There are many kinds of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants that carry out coprophagy. By doing so, all these detritivores contribute to decomposition and the nutrient cycles. They should be distinguished from other decomposers, such as many species of bacteria, fungi, and protists, which are unable to ingest discrete lumps of matter, but instead, live by absorbing and metabolizing on a molecular scale (saprotrophic nutrition). Detritivores are usually arthropods and help in the process of remineralization. Detritivores are also an important aspect of many ecosystems. They can live on any type of soil with an organic component, including marine ecosystems, where they are termed interchangeably with bottom feeders.