Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 45–56 | Cite as

The major volatile constituents of the scent mark of a South American primateSaguinus fuscicollis, Callithricidae

  • Ronald G. Yarger
  • Amos B. SmithIII
  • George Preti
  • Gisela Epple


The major volatile constituents of the scent mark of a South American primate, the marmosetSaguinus fuscicollis have been isolated and identified to be a series of saturated, mono- and diunsaturated fatty alcohols esterified withn-butyric acid. Squalene was also found in the scent mark. The identification and possible significance of these components in marmoset chemical communication are discussed.

Key words

chemical communication marmoset primate skin secretions scent mark n-butyrate esters saturated and unsaturated fatty alcohol esters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald G. Yarger
    • 1
  • Amos B. SmithIII
    • 1
  • George Preti
    • 1
  • Gisela Epple
    • 1
  1. 1.The Monell Chemical Senses Center and The Department of ChemistryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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