Detritus

In biology, detritus is non-living particulate organic material (as opposed to dissolved organic material). It typically includes the bodies or fragments of dead organisms as well as fecal material. Detritus is typically colonized by communities of microorganisms which act to decompose (or remineralize) the material. In terrestrial ecosystems, it is encountered as leaf litter and other organic matter intermixed with soil, which is referred to as humus. Detritus of aquatic ecosystems is organic material suspended in water, which is referred to as marine snow.

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Detritus - Aquariums
... In recent years, the word detritus has also come to be used in relation to aquariums (the word "aquarium" is a general term for any installation for keeping aquatic animals) ... are produced by the animals and, naturally, generate detritus, and are continually broken down by micro-organisms ... a piece of equipment called a protein skimmer, which produces air bubbles which the detritus adheres to, and forces it outside the tank before it decomposes ...
Detritus (biology) - Terrestrial Ecosystems - Consumers
... There are an extremely large number of detritus feeders in water ... also incorporates filter feeding, is a system where an organism secretes mucus to catch the detritus in lumps, and then carries these to its mouth using an area of cilia ... Many organisms, including sea slugs and serpent's starfish, scoop up the detritus which has settled on the water bed ...
Detritus (disambiguation)
... Detritus is dead or waste organic material ... Detritus may also refer to Detritus (geology), the particles of rock produced by weathering Detritus (Discworld), a fictional character in the Discworld novels ...
Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar - Plot
... Julius Caesar is celebrating his victory over all of Gaul, but Lucius Detritus has kept from him the setback that one small village is holding out against the invaders ... Detritus travels to the garrison near the village where Crismus Bonus, the garrison's commanding Centurion, explains that the Gauls have a magic potion brewed for them by ... Detritus decides he must capture the potion for himself, and hearing that the clever Asterix and permanently invincible Obelix are the backbone of the Gaulish forces ...
Detritus (biology) - Aquariums
... In recent years, the word detritus has also come to be used in relation to aquariums (the word "aquarium" is a general term for any installation for keeping aquatic animals) ... produced by the animals and, naturally, generate detritus, and are continually broken down by micro-organisms ... employs a piece of equipment called a protein skimmer, which produces air bubbles which the detritus adheres to, and forces it outside the tank before it decomposes, and also a highly porous type of natural rock ...