Some chemical constituents of the secretion from the temporal gland of the African elephant ( Loxodonta africana)
Article Received: 05 April 1977 Revised: 20 June 1977 Abstract
The temporal glands of African elephants were examined macroscopically and histologically, and were found to be modified apocrine sweat glands. The secretion from these glands was analyzed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, and some of the major volatile components have been identified as phenol and
m- and p-cresol. Key words African elephant temporal gland phenol m- and p-cresol apocrine sweat gland Loxodonta africana
A portion of this research was funded by the University of California, Los Angeles, Research Grant 1795, to Dr. C.S. Foote.
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