Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 3, The Biosphere - 3.2 - Energy, Producers, and Consumers - 3.2 Assessment - Page 72: 2b

Answer

Detritivores and decomposers are different because detritivores grind up and chew detritus particles into smaller particles and often digest decomposers; an example of a detritivore is an earthworm. Decomposers on the other hand “feed” by breaking down organic compounds chemically, and they also produce detritus particles, which detritivores then feast upon. Examples of decomposers are bacteria or fungi.

Work Step by Step

Detritivores and decomposers are different because detritivores grind up and chew detritus particles into smaller particles and often digest decomposers; an example of a detritivore is an earthworm. Decomposers on the other hand “feed” by breaking down organic compounds chemically, and they also produce detritus particles, which detritivores then feast upon. Examples of decomposers are bacteria or fungi.
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