A trail pheromone component of the African stink ant, Pachycondyla (Paltothyreus) tarsata Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae)

E. Janssen, B. Hölldobler, H. J. Bestmann

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalChemoecology
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 9-heptadecanone
  • Aliphatic ketones
  • Sternal glands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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