A heterotroph is an organism that cannot fix carbon and uses organic carbon for growth, as opposed to autotrophs. Heterotrophs obtain organic food by eating other organisms or substances derived by them. By consuming reduced carbon compounds, they are able to use all of their energy that they obtain from food for growth and reproduction.
Examples of heterotrophs are: dogs (as pictured), rabbits, humans, elephants, bears, basically all animals and fungi, and most bacteria.


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by | August 13, 2012 · 6:08 pm

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