Title: A new type of exocrine gland and its function in mass recruitment in the ant Cylindromyrmex whymperi (Formicidae, Cerapachyinae)
Authors: Gobin, Bruno ×
Ruppell, Olav
Hartmann, Anne
Jungnickel, Harald
Morgan, E. David
Billen, Johan #
Issue Date: Sep-2001
Publisher: Springer-verlag
Series Title: Naturwissenschaften vol:88 issue:9 pages:395-399
Abstract: Workers of the ant Cylindromyrmex whymperi display mass trail recruitment. Bioassays show that the trail pheromone originates from a unique gland between abdominal sternites 6 and 7. The gland has a hitherto unknown structural organization. Upon leaving the secretory cell, the duct cell widens to form a sclerotized pear-shaped reservoir chamber, lined with multiple duct cells. Each duct thus forms a miniature reservoir for the secretions of each single secretory cell, a novel structural arrangement in exocrine glands of social Hymenoptera.
ISSN: 0028-1042
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
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