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saprophagous Syllabification: sa·proph·a·gous
Pronunciation: /səˈpräfəɡəs/

Definition of saprophagous in English:


(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.


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