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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 727–735 | Cite as

Iridodials and nepetalactone in the defensive secretion of the coconut stick insects,Graeffea crouani

  • Roger M. Smith
  • Joseph J. Brophy
  • G. W. K. Cavill
  • Noel W. Davies
Article

Abstract

The defensive secretion of the coconut stick insect,Graeffea crouani Le Guillou (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae) from the Pacific Islands has, as major constituents:trans,trans- andtrans,cis-iridodials and nepetalactone.Cis,trans-iridodial is a minor constituent. A minor iridoid has yet to be identified. Male and female insects yield the same constituents.

Key words

Coconut stick insect defensive secretion Graeffea crouani iridodial nepetalactone gas chromatography-mass spectrometry Phasmatodea Phasmatidae 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger M. Smith
    • 1
  • Joseph J. Brophy
    • 2
  • G. W. K. Cavill
    • 2
  • Noel W. Davies
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Natural ResourcesUniversity of the South PacificSuva
  2. 2.School of ChemistryUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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