Chemistry of the mandibular gland secretion of the ant Camponotus vagus

Murray S. Blum, L. Morel, Henry M. Fales

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1. 1. The cephalic secretion of males of the ant Camponotus vagus is dominated by methyl 6-methylsalicylate and the isocoumarin mellein. 2. 2. An isomeric farnesene and three farnesene-C5 homologues constitute minor concomitants of the aromatic compounds. 3. 3. A trace of mellein is detectable in extracts of worker heads whereas those of alate females contain only structural lipids. 4. 4. The possible chemotaxonomic and functional significance of these Camponotus natural products is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-252
Number of pages2
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part B: Biochemistry and
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology


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