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Xylophagous


Worker Termite
A Termite is an example of an Xylophagous animal.
Photographer: Althepal


An Xylophagous animal is an animal whose diet consists primarily or solely of wood.


Most wood eating animals are insects of various kinds and it is not uncommon for these insects to specialize to various degrees, for example, in some cases they limit themselves to certain plant groups and in others it is the physical characteristics of the wood, eg. level of decay, whether the wood is alive or dead, hardness, bark versus sapwood versus heartwood.


Associated terms: Xylophagy


Also see:
Omnivore
Herbivore
Detritivore
Radicivore
Piscivore
Frugivore
Insectivore
Carnivore

 


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