Skip to main content
Select Source:

saprophage

saprophage An organism that consumes other, dead, organisms. Saprophages form part of the twofold division of the heterotrophs (organisms that feed on other organisms) and consist mainly of bacteria and fungi, but also some invertebrate animals, such as insect larvae. They break down complex compounds obtained from dead organisms, absorbing some of the simpler products, but releasing most of the products as inorganic nutrients which can then be used by other organisms. See also consumer organism.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. 10 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 10, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/saprophage

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Retrieved December 10, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/saprophage

saprophage

saprophage An organism that consumes other, dead, organisms. Saprophages form part of the twofold division of the heterotrophs and consist mainly of bacteria and fungi, but also of some invertebrates, such as insect larvae (see CALLIPHORIDAE). They break down complex compounds obtained from dead organisms, absorbing some of the simpler products but releasing most of the products as inorganic nutrients which can then be used by other organisms.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 10 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 10, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/saprophage-1

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved December 10, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/saprophage-1

saprophage

saprophage An organism that consumes other, dead, organisms. Saprophages form part of the twofold division of the heterotrophs (organisms that feed on other organisms), and consist mainly of bacteria and fungi. They break down complex compounds obtained from dead organisms, absorbing some of the simpler products, but releasing most of the products as inorganic nutrients which can then be used by other organisms. See also CONSUMER ORGANISM.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 10 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 10, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/saprophage-0

"saprophage." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Retrieved December 10, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/saprophage-0