, Volume 44, Issue 11, pp 1022–1024

2-Hydroxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone from the salivary gland of the soldier termitesOdontotermes magdalenae


  • T. O. Olagbemiro
    • Department of ChemistryAbubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  • L. Lajide
    • Department of ChemistryAbubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  • K. M. Sani
    • Department of ChemistryNigerian Defence Academy
  • B. W. Staddon
    • Department of ZoologyUniversity College
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01939911

Cite this article as:
Olagbemiro, T.O., Lajide, L., Sani, K.M. et al. Experientia (1988) 44: 1022. doi:10.1007/BF01939911


By gas chromatography — mass spectrometry and comparison with authentic samples, 2-hydroxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone was identified for the first time in the salivary gland secretion of the termite soldiers ofOdontotermes magdalenae, in addition to previously reported benzoquinones.

Key words

2-Hydroxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinoneOdontotermes magdalenaescrub savannahsalivary glandschemical defencechemical ecology

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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1988