When you're hungry for a snack, the last thing you want to eat is something dead and rotten. But to a detritivore, anything dead is a delicious dinner! Detritivores, meaning eaters of detritus, are the organisms responsible for decomposing organic material once it is no longer alive. Basically, they eat dead stuff! When plants wilt, or when animals die, detritivores will consume and break down their remains back into their most basic organic elements.
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