Title: Secretion of venom and dufour glands in the ant Leptogenys diminuta
Authors: Maile, Roland ×
Jungnickel, Harald
Morgan, E. David
Ito, Fuminori
Billen, Johan #
Issue Date: Nov-2000
Publisher: Kluwer academic/plenum publ
Series Title: Journal of chemical ecology vol:26 issue:11 pages:2497-2506
Abstract: The venom glands of both workers and ergatoid queens of the ant Leptogenys diminuta contain 4-methyl-3-heptanol and a mixture of esters of this alcohol and long-chain fatty acids. Only the higher proportion of 4-methyl-3-heptanone in the queens represents a chemical difference between the castes. The Dufour gland secretion of workers and queens, however, shows considerable differences. Both share a series of long-chain hydrocarbons with 9- and 7-pentacosene as the major substances of the secretion but are otherwise differentiated by the presence in the workers only of three farnesene isomers, whereas queens contain a wide range of substances. The mated queen had a very complex mixture of hydrocarbons, esters and terpenes. These substances were also present in the virgin females but in smaller quantities.
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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