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Vermivore

Vermivore (from Latin vermi, meaning "worm" and vorare, "to devour") in zoology describes animals that eat worms (including annelids, nematodes, and other worm-like animals).[1] Animals with such a diet are known as vermivorous.[2] Some definitions are less exclusive with respect to the diet, but limit the definition to particular animals, e.g. "Feeding on worms or insect vermin. Used of a bird."[3]

An entire genus of New World warblers has been given the name Vermivora.

One vermivore that may feed exclusively on worms is Paucidentomys vermidax, a rodent species of a type commonly known as shrew rats which was discovered in 2011 in Indonesia. The name, which can be translated as "worm-eating, few-toothed mouse", refers to the fact that they have only two teeth and may live exclusively on a diet of earthworms.[4]

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