How are detritivores different from decomposers?

Detritivores are organisms that feed on the organic waste of dead plants and animals while decomposers are the organisms that decompose dead plants and animals.

Difference between detritivores and decomposers

Differences between detritivores and decomposers are tabulated below

Detritivores

Decomposers
These fall under decomposers. Decomposers are classified as detritivores, scavengers and saprophytes.
They feed on the organic waste of dead plants and animals. They decompose dead plants and animals.
Eg., Butterflies, beetles

Eg., bacteria and fungi

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