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An organism that feeds on or derives nourishment from decaying organic matter.‘In contrast to ciliates, Opalina combined large cell size and the need for fast growth by evolving numerous genetically equivalent nuclei per cell (like siphoneous algae and many hyphal saprotrophs - fungi and pseudofungi).’‘Fungal endophytes and saprotrophs generally play an important ecological role within plant tissues and dead plant material.’
Back-formation from saprotrophic.
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