Detritivores

DETRITIVORES

Detritivores are commonly known as detrivores or detritus feeders. They are the organisms that play an important role to decompose organic material as well as returning it into the food chain. The famous example of detritus feeders is Earthworms. They eat debris and rotten plant leaves. Millipedes, woodlice, dung beetles, dung flies and burying beetles are including among the groups of Detritivores animals. They are heterotrophs. Heterotrophs are the animals that do not have an ability to produce their own food. They take food from environment. In all ecosystems, they play an important role by decaying organic matter which is left by other organisms. Detritivores plays a role of decomposers in food webs. Dung beetles, earthworms, fiddler crabs and sea cucumbers are their examples.

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