The African stink ants (Pachycondyla tarsata) lay recruitment trails with secretions from sternal glands. The glandular secretions consist of 10 compounds, 9 of which have been chemically identified. One of the substances, 9-heptadecanone, elicits trail following behavior in P. tarsata workers that have before been stimulated by a sucessful scout ant.
- Aliphatic ketones
- Sternal glands
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics