Dufour gland secretion in the harvester ant genus Pogonomyrmex

Berthold Hoelldobler, E. David Morgan, Neil J. Oldham, Juergen Liebig, Yue Liu

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Abstract

Dufour gland secretions of the harvester ants Pogonomyrmex barbatus, P. rugosus and P. maricopa were investigated. The glandular blends exhibit species specific patterns, but more importantly, based on indiviual profiles of Dufour gland contents of colony members it is possible to separate the colonies from each other in each species. It is possible that these collective colony specific cues serve as longer lasting trunk route markers. Behavioral tests demonstrate that workers of P. rugosus prefer homing routes marked by members of their own colony to routes marked by a foreign conspecific colony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-106
Number of pages6
JournalChemoecology
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Colony specific cues
  • Communication
  • Multicomponent signals
  • Orientation
  • Trunk routes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry

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Dufour gland secretion in the harvester ant genus Pogonomyrmex. / Hoelldobler, Berthold; Morgan, E. David; Oldham, Neil J.; Liebig, Juergen; Liu, Yue.

In: Chemoecology, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2004, p. 101-106.

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Hoelldobler, Berthold ; Morgan, E. David ; Oldham, Neil J. ; Liebig, Juergen ; Liu, Yue. / Dufour gland secretion in the harvester ant genus Pogonomyrmex. In: Chemoecology. 2004 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 101-106.
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