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Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 187, Issue 1, pp 75–78 | Cite as

Female sex pheromone of a wandering spider (Cupiennius salei): identification and sensory reception

  • Harald Tichy
  • Ewald Gingl
  • Rudolf Ehn
  • Miriam Papke
  • Stefan Schulz
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Abstract.

Females of the wandering spider Cupiennius salei attach a sex pheromone to their dragline. Males encountering the female dragline examine the silk thread with their pedipalps and then typically initiate reciprocal vibratory courtship with the sexual partner. The female pheromone was identified as (S)-1,1'-dimethyl citrate. The male pheromone receptive sensory cells are located in tip pore sensilla and respond to touching the sensillum tip with female silk or pieces of filter paper containing the synthetic pheromone.

Contact pheromone Spider dragline Tip pore sensilla Courtship behavior Cupiennius salei 

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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Tichy
    • 1
  • Ewald Gingl
    • 1
  • Rudolf Ehn
    • 1
  • Miriam Papke
    • 2
  • Stefan Schulz
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Zoology, University for Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  2. 2.Institute for Organic Chemistry, Technical University Braunschweig, Hagenring 30, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

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