An absorptive feeder is an animal, such as a tapeworm, that ingests
food through its body wall.
|A parasitic tapeworm is an absorptive feeder. The
narrowest point is the "head" or scolex which attaches the parasite
to the intestinal lining by means of suckers and/or little hooks.
Predigested nutrients are absorbed through the wall of each of the
progressively larger segments. These animals have no digestive canal.