Origin of euryphagouseury- + -phagous
(comparative more euryphagous, superlative most euryphagous)
- (ecology) Feeding on a large variety of food.
A euryphagous animal is not necessarily omnivorous; for example, although they are carnivorous, adult hake are euryphagous, in the sense that they feed on a wide variety of active prey, mainly horse mackerel, sardines, fishes of the families Myctophidae and Macrouridae and fishes of their own genus, apart from various crustaceans and Cephalopoda. In contrast, a stenophagous animal such as a koala feeds only on a few species of Eucalyptus leaves. The koala therefore is less euryphagous than an omnivore such as a human, but more euryphagous than a strictly stenophagous animal such as Aphytis melinus, which is an internal parasitoid of the species Aonidiella aurantii, California red scale, only.
Ancient Greek εὐρύς (eurús, “wide”) + φαγεῖν (phagein, “to eat”).