Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp 2623–2635 | Cite as

Novel internally branched, internal alkenes as major components of the cuticular hydrocarbons of the primitive australian antNothomyrmecia macrops Clark (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • W. Vance Brown
  • Pierre Jaisson
  • Robert W. Taylor
  • Michael J. Lacey


Internally mono- and dimethyl branched, internal alkenes, which constitute most of the cuticular hydrocarbon present on workers of the primitive Australian antNothomyrmecia macrops Clark, have been identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. They are the first such alkenes reported from insects. Also present are alkanes with similar carbon skeletons. The hydrocarbon patterns of three separateNothomyrmecia colonies were very similar.

Key Words

Internally branched alkenes internal alkenes cuticular hydrocarbons Nothomyrmecia macrops Hymenoptera Formicidae ants gas chromatography mass spectrometry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Vance Brown
    • 1
  • Pierre Jaisson
    • 2
  • Robert W. Taylor
    • 1
  • Michael J. Lacey
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of EntomologyCSIROCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Laboratoire d'Ethologie et Sociobiologie U.A. Centre de la Recherche Scientifique No 667Université Paris NordVilletaneuseFrance

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