Semiochemicals of the Scarabaeinae .5. Characterization of the Defensive Secretion of the Dung Beetle Oniticellus-Egregius

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1995
Authors:B. V. Burger, Petersen, W. G. B., Tribe, G. D.
Journal:Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung C-a Journal of Biosciences
Date Published:Sep-Oct
Accession Number:ISI:A1995TD77200014
Keywords:COLEOPTERA, defensive secretion, dung beetle, headspace gas analysis, Scarabaeinae, semiochemicals

Using techniques that were developed for the concentration and analysis of airborne organic volatiles, methyl salicylate and 1,4-benzoquinone were found to be the only two compounds present in detectable quantities in the effluvium of Oniticellus egregius. These two compounds, previously identified in the defensive secretions of other arthropods, are presumed to be produced as a defense mechanism against predators, such as birds. Methyl salicylate and 1,4- benzoquinone have thus far not been found to occur in other Scarabaeinae.

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Alternate Journal:Z.Naturforsch.(C)
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