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Phagy or phagia is an ecological or behavioral term that is used to identify particular nutritional systems or feeding behaviors. The suffixes -phagy, -phagous and -phage are used to name different types of phagy or animals that perform it, which include:
- Monophagy — feeding on a single type of food (f.e. a single plant species)
- Oligophagy — feeding on few specific types of food (f.e. a single plant genus)
- Polyphagy — feeding on many kinds of food (f.e. all (or almost all) the species of a single plant family)
- Phytophagy — the eating of plants
- Xylophagy — the eating of wood
- Foliophagy — the eating of leaves
- Oophagy — the eating of eggs
- Rhizophagy — the eating of roots
- Ophiophagy — feeding on snakes
- Hematophagy — feeding on blood
- Coprophagy — feeding on faeces
- Geophagy — feeding on earth
- Bacteriophagous — feeding on bacteria
- Necrophagy — feeding on dead animals
- Saprophagy — feeding on non-living organic material
- See Pica (disorder) for some more.
The term comes from Greek language phagein, to eat; with Indo-European language roots in bhag.
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