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Omnivore

A creature that is physiologically adapted for eating and digesting both plant and animal matter.

Carnivore

Any creature with a diet that consists mainly of meat, whether it comes from animals living or dead. Some species are considered carnivores even if their diets contain very little meat but involve preying on other animals (e.g., predatory arthropods such as spiders or mantids that may rarely consume small vertebrate prey). In addition to baseline carnivores, there are many subcategories that may provide more appropriate classification.

Obligate Carnivore

An obligate, or true carnivore, has a diet that subsists only of meat. They may consume other products presented to them, especially animal products like cheese and bone marrow or sweet sugary substances like honey and syrup, but, as these items are not essential, they do not consume these on a regular basis. True carnivores lack the physiology required for the efficient digestion of vegetable matter, and, in fact, some carnivores eat vegetation specifically as a way to induce vomiting.

Piscivore

A carnivore which lives on eating fish.

Insectivore

A carnivore with a diet that consists chiefly of insects and similar small creatures.

Carnivorous Plant / Carnivorous Fungi

Plants and/or fungi that capture and digest insects or microscopic animals.

NOTE: This is only in real world terms. There is no limit in prey size when it comes to fantasy worlds like Star Wars.

Herbivore

Any organism that eats only plants. Herbivores form an important link in the food chain as they transform the sun's energy stored in the plants to food that can be consumable by carnivores and omnivores up the food chain. As such, they are termed the primary consumers in the food chain. Much like carnivores, there are many subcategories for herbivores that may provide more appropriate classification.

Frugivore / Fructivore

A herbivore that feeds mostly on fruit.

Folivore / Frondivore

A herbivore that feeds mostly on leaves.

Nectarivore

A herbivore that feeds on nectar.

Granivore

A herbivore that feeds on seeds.

Palynivore

A herbivore that feeds on pollen.

Mucivore

A herbivore that feeds on plant fluid.

Sanguinivore

Any creature that feeds primarily on blood.

Lithovore

Any creature that feeds on rocks or minerals.

Tropovore

Any creature that feeds on the gases in the atmosphere.

Forcivore

Any creature that feeds on the Force or those who use the Force.

Saprovore

Any creature that feeds on dead or rotting flesh.

Detritivore

Any creature that feeds on rotting organic material (i.e. dead plant matter or waste from other living creatures).

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