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Metalavore vs LithovoreEdit

Unless things have changed in later editions, the rust monster turns metals into rust (an oxide of iron) and then consumes it, so technically it's eating the mineral and not the metal. :-D —Moviesign (talk) 00:49, January 14, 2018 (UTC)

True. :)
Yes, technically, iron oxide is not a pure metal but a compound, but one could just count the oxidation reaction triggered by whatever enzymes or oxidizing agents the monster exudes as part of its digestion, just as our saliva begins to digest our food before it makes it into our stomach. So I would argue that "metalavore" is still an accurate term here.
A mineral is any naturally occurring inorganic solid, so both metals and metal oxides are minerals. So perhaps we should have Category:Metalavorous creatures as a subcategory of Category:Lithovorous creatures. :)
~ Lhynard (talk) 01:20, January 14, 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, no matter if we get a subdivion with the metals, :-), they should in my opinion be included in the general lithovorous category. This has an in-game precedent in elemental earth including minerals and metals, as well as the more undefined earth = soil and rock. Daranios (talk) 18:17, January 14, 2018 (UTC)
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