Detritivores are animals whose diet is primarily composed of detritus such as decaying organic matter from either plants or animals. Detritivores are extremely important components within ecosystems since they help break down dead animals and plants and return the nutrients held within them back to the ecosystem. Detritivores are sometimes known as Saprophages. Woodlice are terrestrial crustaceans and are well-known detritivores.

A photograph of the Woodlouse, _Porcellio scaber_.

Woodlice are well-known detritivores.

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