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Types of Organisms – Part 2

Table of Contents

  • Herbivores
  • Carnivores
  • Omnivores
  • Scavengers
  • Decomposers
  • Summary
  • What’s Next?

In the previous segment, we learned about Autotrophs and Heterotrophs. In this segment, we will learn about the types of heterotrophs in detail.

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    Heterotrophs can be broadly classified into 5 categories – Herbivores, Carnivores, Omnivores, Scavengers and Decomposers.

    What are Herbivorous animals?

    Animals which exclusively feed on plants and not other organisms are known as Herbivorous animals.

    For example, animals like cows, sheep, horses and elephants are herbivores.

    What are Carnivorous animals?

    Animals that consume only the flesh of other animals are called Carnivorous animals.

    For example, animals like lions and tigers, birds like eagles and marine animals like sharks are carnivores.

    What are Omnivorous animals?

    Animals which consume both plants and animals are called Omnivorous animals.

    Human beings fall into this category. Other examples of omnivores are animals like bears, and monkeys and birds like crows.

    What are Scavengers?

    Scavengers are animals that feed on dead remains of other animals. Vultures and hyenas are examples of scavengers.

    What are Decomposers?

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