Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Saprophagy

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2791

From Greek: sapros = foul, disintegrating, phagein = eat.

Organisms that feed dead organisms/faeces, e.g., larvae of flies are saprophagous.

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