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Is there a specific name for organisms that eat fungi? Herbivores eat plants and fungi is not a producer. This was a student question that stumped me- and my background is wildlife science/environmental science. I thought it was a great question. The tropic level depends on what is being decomposed, but it seems we have a name for other feeding habits, but not this one. Thank you.
Question Date: 2017-11-08
Answer 1:

Somewhat intuitively, a creature that consumes fungi is a fungivore ( from Wikipedia ).

Most creatures that eat fungi are, like us, omnivores in that they don't exclusively consume fungi. The wiki article for this term probably gives you a better idea of the variety of species that do this. I didn't realize this, but there are also some (mostly amoeba) that are bacterivores bacterivore . So I would guess that this naming convention of "kingdom+vore" holds pretty broadly.



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