Species-specificity in trail pheromones and Dufour's gland contents of Camponotus atriceps and C. floridanus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

U. Haak, B. Hölldobler, H. J. Bestmann, F. Kern

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Abstract

By means of gas chromatography, gas chromatographic coupled mass spectrometry, trail-following experiments and electrophysiological recordings from worker antennae, the major trail pheromone components from the hindgut of the formicine species Camponotus atriceps and C. floridanus were identified as 3,5-dimethyl-6-(1′-methylpropyl)-tetrahydropyran-2-one and nerolic acid, respectively. The Dufour's gland contents of both species, investigated by gas Chromatographic coupled mass spectrometry, show significant differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-93
Number of pages9
JournalChemoecology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Camponotus atriceps
  • Camponotus floridanus
  • Carpenter ants
  • Dufour's gland
  • Formicidae
  • Formicinae
  • Hindgut
  • Hymenoptera
  • Trail pheromone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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