Semiochemicals of the Scarabaeinae. VII: Identification and synthesis of EAD-active constituents of abdominal sex attracting secretion of the male dung beetle, Kheper subaeneus

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2002
Authors:B. V. Burger, Petersen, W. G. B., Weber, W. G., Munro, Z. M.
Journal:Journal of Chemical Ecology
Date Published:Dec
Accession Number:ISI:000179771400011
Keywords:dung beetle, electroantennography, insect, Kheper subaeneus, lamarcki, pachylomerus-femoralis, Scarabaeinae, semiochemical synthesis, semiochemicals, sex attractant, terpenes

Usinggas chromatography with flame ionization detection (FID) and electroantennographic detection (EAD) in parallel, butanoic acid, skatole, and (E)-2,6-dimethyl-6-octen-2-ol were identified as constituents of the abdominal sex-attracting secretion of the male dung beetle, Kheper subaeneus, which reproducibly elicited EAD responses in male and female antennae. This is the first report of the occurrence of (E)- 2,6-dimethyl-6-octen-2-ol as a natural product, for which the name (E)-subaeneol is proposed. In some experiments, a few other constituents of the secretion also gave reproducible responses in specific male and female antennae but did not elicit responses when the analyses were repeated with other antennae. The major volatile constituent of the secretion, identified as (S)-(C)-2,6-dimethyl-5-heptenoic acid, is one of these EAD-active compounds. Both this compound and (E)-2,6- dimethyl-6-octen-2-ol were synthesized from authentic starting materials for comparison with the natural products.

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Alternate Journal:J. Chem. Ecol.
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