Sowbug woodlouse on decaying wood

Detritus recycler

Detritus recyclers are the cleaners of the ecosystem, ridding the area of rotting material and recycling energy back into the food chain. They consume the non-living, organic material such as leaf-litter or fragments of dead and decomposing animals. In aquatic ecosystems, detritus is suspended in the water in tiny particles referred to as marine snow, which is often consumed through filter feeding. Fungi and creatures like woodlice are important land detritus recyclers.

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Animals with this behaviour

Lampreys

Clitellata

Behaviours

Other Ecosystem role behaviours

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