Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 375–381 | Cite as

Phenols as defensive secretion in a Malayan cockroach,Archiblatta hoeveni vollenhoven

  • U. Maschwitz
  • Y. P. Tho


A sternal abdominal defensive gland in adults of the Malayan cockroachArchiblatta hoeveni is described. It producesp-cresol and as a minor compound, phenol. When the animals are attacked, they eject the secretion as a spray that can be aimed in the direction of, the stimulus. The position, morphology, and chemistry of the gland support the taxonomic position ofArchiblatta within the Blattoidea.

Key words

Archiblatta hoeveni cockroach abdominal defensive gland p-cresol phenol taxonomic position 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Maschwitz
    • 1
  • Y. P. Tho
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie der J.W.-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/MFrankfurt/MWest Germany
  2. 2.Forest Research Institute KepongSelangorMalaysia

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