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Chemical Signature and Reproductive Status in the Facultatively Polygynous ant Pachycondyla Verenae.
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PMID:  23053921     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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In insects, cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) generally are used as cues and signals for within colony processes, such as signaling reproductive status, and between colony processes, such as colony membership. We examined CHC profiles of the facultatively polygynous ant Pachycondyla verenae in order to identify chemical signals of reproductive queens within colonies containing many gynes. Colonies of P. verenae, belonging to two different members of a complex of morphospecies, were collected from three geographic localities within South America. We also tested whether CHC profiles differed between geographic localities and morphospecies. We found three alkenes, two isomers of pentacosene and heptacosene, which were more abundant in CHC profiles of reproductive queens of this morphospecies complex. When we tested whether these differences were consistent across geographic localities, we found the abundance of these alkenes differed according to morphospecies, with the isomers of pentacosene being more abundant in queens from morph one, and heptacosene being more abundant in queens from morph two. Our study has given further insight into the mechanisms behind maintenance of reproductive dominance, and has demonstrated that chemical signatures associated with reproductive status in Pachycondyla verenae are not conserved within this species complex.
Authors:
Sophie E F Evison; Ronara S Ferreira; Patrizia D'Ettorre; Dominique Fresneau; Chantal Poteaux
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of chemical ecology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-1561     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Chem. Ecol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505563     Medline TA:  J Chem Ecol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Laboratoire d'Ethologie Expérimentale et Comparée, EA 4443, Université Paris 13, 99 avenue J.-B. Clément, 93430, Villetaneuse, France, s.evison@hotmail.co.uk.
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