Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 80–82 | Cite as

Benzoquinones and Hydroquinones in Defensive Secretions of Tropical Millipedes

  • R. Deml
  • A. Huth
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Abstract

 The defensive secretions of two tropical species of millipedes (the spirostreptid Telodeinopus aoutii and a species of Harpagophoridae) contain a complex mixture of closely related benzoquinones and hydroquinones. The major compounds are toluquinone and 2-methoxy-3-methylbenzoquinone, accompanied by the minor components, 2,3-dimethoxybenzoquinone and toluhydroquinone. Because of the large size and the geographic separation of the test animals a common defensive strategy of tropical, large millipedes against predation by vertebrates is assumed.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Deml
    • 1
  • A. Huth
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie II, Universität Bayreuth, Postfach 101251, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany e-mail: angela.huth@uni-bayreuth.de, Tel.: +49-921-552734DE

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