Carrion (from the Latin caro, meaning meat) refers to the carcass of a dead animal. Carrion is an important food source for large carnivores and omnivores in most ecosystems. A carnivore (ˈkɑrnɪvɔər meaning 'meat eater' ( Latin carne meaning 'flesh' and vorare meaning 'to devour' is any animal with a diet consisting Omnivores (from Latin omne all everything vorare to devour are species that eat both Plants and Animals as their primary An ecosystem is a natural unit consisting of all plants animals and micro-organisms( Biotic factors in an area functioning together with all of the non-living physical ( Examples of carrion-eaters, or scavengers, include hyenas, vultures, Virginia Opossum, Tasmanian Devils, Bald Eagles, and Blue-tongued lizards. Scavenging, or necrophagy, is a Carnivorous Feeding behaviour in which a predator consumes Corpses or Carrion that were killed The Hyaenidae is a Mammalian family of order Carnivora. The Hyaenidae family native to both African and Asian continents consists of four Vultures are scavenging Birds feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead Animals Vultures are found on every continent except Antarctica and The Virginia Opossum ( Didelphis virginiana) is the only Marsupial found in North America north of the Rio Grande River The Tasmanian Devil ( Sarcophilus harrisii) also referred to simply as "the devil" is a carnivorous Marsupial now found in the wild only in The Bald Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a Bird of prey found in North America that is most recognizable as the national bird and Blue-tongued skinks are the Genus Tiliqua, which contains some of the largest members of the Skink family (Scincidae Many invertebrates, such as worms and carrion beetles (family Silphidae) also eat carrion and play an important role in recycling animal remains. An invertebrate is an Animal lacking a Vertebral column. The group includes 98% of all animal Species — all animals except those in the Chordate Silphidae is a family of Beetles commonly known as (black carrion beetles or burying beetles, comprising about 200 Species.
Carrion begins to decay the moment of the animal's death, and it will increasingly attract insects and breed bacteria. The Bacteria ( singular: bacterium) are a large group of unicellular Microorganisms Typically a few Micrometres in length bacteria have Not long after the animal has died, its body will begin to smell of a foul odour, caused by the presence of bacteria, and the emission of cadaverine and putrescine. Cadaverine is a foul-smelling molecule produced by Protein Hydrolysis during Putrefaction of animal tissue Putrescine (sometimes spelled putrescin or putrescene) is an organic chemical compound N[[Hydrogen H]]2( CH sub>24NH2 Some plants and fungi smell like decomposing carrion and attract insects that aid in reproduction. Plants are living Organisms belonging to the kingdom Plantae. A fungus (ˈfʌŋgəs is a eukaryotic Organism that is a member of the kingdom Fungi (ˈfʌndʒaɪ Decomposition (or spoilage) refers to the break down of tissue of a formerly living Organism into simpler forms of matter Insects ( Class Insecta) are a major group of Arthropods and the most diverse group of Animals on the Earth with over a million described Reproduction is the Biological process by which new individual Organisms are produced Plants that exhibit this behavior are known as carrion flowers. Carrion flowers or Stinking flowers are flowers that emit an odor that smells like rotting flesh Stinkhorn mushrooms are examples of fungi with this characteristic. The Phallaceae or stinkhorns, are a family of Basidiomycetes which produce a foul-scented Phallus -shaped Mushroom. A mushroom is the fleshy Spore -bearing Fruiting body of a Fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source A fungus (ˈfʌŋgəs is a eukaryotic Organism that is a member of the kingdom Fungi (ˈfʌndʒaɪ