Definition of saprophagous in English:

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saprophagous

Pronunciation: /səˈpräfəɡəs/

adjective

Biology
(Of an organism) feeding on or obtaining nourishment from decaying organic matter.
Example sentences
  • The family Anthomyiidae (Insecta: Diptera) is a globally distributed group of phytophagous, saprophagous, or coprophagous flies with over 1500 described species worldwide.
  • Based on the close relationship of thrips to the lophioneurid psocopteroids, it is likely that the Triassic and Jurassic thrips were saprophagous, just as the psocopterans and merothripids are today.
  • Adults and larvae of most species are facultative predators, but some are specialist predators, some are mycophagous or saprophagous or even phytophagous, occasionally damaging flowers and turf.

Derivatives

saprophage

Pronunciation: /ˈsaprəˌfāj/
noun
Example sentences
  • Saprophages are distributed around the world according to factors such as type of vegetation, its state of decay, amount of free water in the soil, climate, and other conditions.

saprophagy

Pronunciation: /-ˈpräfəjē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Saprophagy is still a major feeding mode in Piestinae, Osoriinae, and Proteininae, perhaps with some adaptation to mycophagy.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sa·proph·a·gous

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