The volatile Dufour's gland components of the harvester ants Pogonomyrmex rugosus and P. barbatus

Fred E. Regnier, Marjorie Nieh, Bert Hölldobler

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Abstract

The volatile Dufour's gland components of Pogonomyrmex rugosus and P. barbatus have been examined and found to be hydrocarbons. Homologous families of alkanes from this gland consisted of normal hydrocarbons ranging from n-dodecane to n-pentadecane and three types of methyl-branched homologues of the general formula CnH2n+1CH(CH3)CmH2m+1, where n is 2, 4, or 5 and the sum of n and m is 10, 11, 12, or 13. The dimethyl-branched hydrocarbons 3,5-dimethyldodecane and 3,4-dimethyltridecane were also observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)981-992
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of insect physiology
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1973
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physiology
  • Insect Science

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