Decomposers feed on dead organisms. What feeds on them? In particular:

  1. What decomposes mold?
  2. If fly larvae feed on animal dung, what eats their dung?
  3. Are all fungi eaten by animals? If not, what decomposes them?
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    $\begingroup$ Just think of it like scavengers but at the microscopic level. Microorganisms can scavenge each other just like larger animals can. $\endgroup$
    – DKNguyen
    Jun 6 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe your thinking on a "food chain" paradigm. So, who eat the specie that are at the end of the chain?. In a "food web" paradigm there is not such a problem. $\endgroup$
    – heracho
    Jun 6 at 17:47

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Probably (1) "fungi and other decomposers", (2) "fungi and other decomposers", (3) "fungi and other decomposers".

If you're interested in precise answers ("exactly which taxa are responsible for the decomposition of some particular type of dead tissue?") you probably won't get an answer. In general the answer is "detritivores chew on it, break it down, extract some of the useful material, poop it out; then a broad spectrum of other decomposers (fungi, bacteria, protozoans) do the rest of the job".


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