Title: Volatile secretions of Old World army ant Aenictus rotundatus and chemotaxonomic implications of army ant dufour gland chemistry
Authors: Oldham, Neil J. ×
Morgan, E. David
Gobin, Bruno
Schoeters, Eric
Billen, Johan #
Issue Date: Dec-1994
Publisher: Plenum publ corp
Series Title: Journal of chemical ecology vol:20 issue:12 pages:3297-3305
Abstract: The Dufour glands of Aenictus rotundatus contain a complex mixture of terpenoids with geranylgeraniol comprising over 50% of the secretion. Some novel compounds have been tentatively identified as higher homologs of 1,3,3-trimethyl-2,7-dioxabicyclo[2,2,1]heptane based on GC-MS data. The Dufour gland secretion of A. rotundatus is more similar in composition to the secretions of members of the subfamily Ecitoninae than to its closer relatives from the tribe Dorylini, a result that further complicates studies on the phylogeny of army ants. The mandibular glands of A. rotundatus contain a mixture of 4-methyl-3-heptanone and limonene in trace amounts, and the well-developed postpygidial glands contain methyl anthranilate only.
ISSN: 0098-0331
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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