The pygidial gland and chemical recruitment communication in Pachycondyla (=Termitopone)laevigata

Bert Hölldobler, James F.A. Traniello

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Abstract

Termite predation by the ponerine ant Pachycondyla (= Termitopone) laevigata is regulated by a recruitment trail pheromone which originates from the pygidial gland and not, as previously assumed, from the hindgut. The pygidial gland opens between the 6th and 7th abdominal terga and is associated with a distinct cuticular structure which obviously serves as a glandular applicator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-893
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1980
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Formicidae
  • Hymenoptera
  • Pachycondyla (= Termitopone) laevigata
  • chemical communication
  • pygidial gland
  • termite predation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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