Definition of microphagous in English:

microphagous

adjective

Zoology
  • (of an invertebrate) feeding on minute particles or microorganisms.

    • ‘Bottom or near-bottom feeding of the L klingeri animal as a scavenger or as a microphagous predator is envisaged, in a low-energy environmental setting.’
    • ‘Despite these complex results, our data show that microphagous surface deposit feeders can select for particles based on size and organic coating.’
    • ‘We have found that appendicularians, the most abundant microphagous metazoans, strongly stimulate the magnitude of experimentally induced blooms and that this effect can be scaled to any appendicularian density.’

Pronunciation:

microphagous

/mʌɪˈkrɒfəɡəs/