What Are Detritivores? - Definition & Examples


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Detrivores are heterotrophs, which are best defined as which one of the following?

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1. ____ includes decomposing plant and animal parts, as well as fecal matter, among other inorganic things.

2. Which of the following animals are NOT decomposers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and attached worksheet, you can evaluate how well you understand detrivores. The quiz will assess your understanding of terms like detritus and dung beetles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • Life forms that ingest detritus
  • Non-examples of decomposers
  • Identifying the location of detrivores in the ecosystem
  • Knowing the location of dung beetles
  • The definition of detritus

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of detrivores
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about decomposers in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what detrivores feed on

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of detrivores, review the lesson called What Are Detrivores? - Definition & Examples, which covers the following objectives:

  • Identify heterotrophs
  • Define decomposers
  • Understand the role of detritus in the life of a detrivore
  • Identify examples of detrivores