Experientia

, Volume 44, Issue 11–12, pp 1022–1024

2-Hydroxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone from the salivary gland of the soldier termitesOdontotermes magdalenae

  • T. O. Olagbemiro
  • L. Lajide
  • K. M. Sani
  • B. W. Staddon
Short Communications

Summary

By gas chromatography — mass spectrometry and comparison with authentic samples, 2-hydroxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone was identified for the first time in the salivary gland secretion of the termite soldiers ofOdontotermes magdalenae, in addition to previously reported benzoquinones.

Key words

2-Hydroxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone Odontotermes magdalenae scrub savannah salivary glands chemical defence chemical ecology 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. O. Olagbemiro
    • 1
  • L. Lajide
    • 1
  • K. M. Sani
    • 2
  • B. W. Staddon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryAbubakar Tafawa Balewa UniversityBauchi(Nigeria)
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryNigerian Defence AcademyKaduna(Nigeria)
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity CollegeCardiffUK

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