Title

Lignoceric acid and hexacosanoic acid: Major components of soldier frontal gland secretions of the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Abstract

Qualitative and quantitative analyses were performed on trimethylsilyl derivatives of soldier frontal gland secretions of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Ranges of 17.23-33.78 mg/g (acid/wet weight of secretion) of lignoceric acid and 5.39-7.67 mg/g of hexacosanoic acid were found in the soldier frontal gland secretion of three different colonies. This is the first report that organic acids occur in the soldier secretions of this species.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of Chemical Ecology

First Page

817

Last Page

824

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