What Are Examples of Decomposers?


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Some examples of decomposers are fungi, worms, bacteria, clams, buzzards, beetles and snails. There are many other types of decomposers. They are at the very bottom of the food chain and are vital to the health of every ecosystem.

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Carnivores eat meat, herbivores eat plants, omnivores eat both plants, and animals and detritivores, a type of decompser, are organisms that eat the dead plants and animals. Decomposers also break down the waste of other animals and turn it into nutrients for plants. If decomposers were absent from an environment, plants would be unhealthy and unable to support the animals that eat them. If the waste was not broken down, it would pile up and make environments toxic to life.

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