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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 337–347 | Cite as

Chemical basis for interspecific responses to sex pheromones ofTrogoderma species (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)

  • Richard E. Greenblatt
  • Wendell E. Burkholder
  • John H. Cross
  • Robert F. CassidyJr.
  • Robert M. Silverstein
  • A. R. Levinson
  • H. Z. Levinson
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Abstract

Interspecific responses among severalTrogoderma species have been correlated with their pheromone components. The most important component emitted by four of the species is (Z)- or (E)-14-methyl-8-hexadecenal, which is not detectable in extracts of macerated beetles. The response to macerated beetles is probably due to the corresponding alcohol and ester. The recency of common origin of seven species is discussed.

Key words

Coleoptera Dermestidae Trogoderma granarium (khapra beetle) T. variabile T. glabrum T. inclusum pheromone (Z)- and (E)-14-methyl-8-hexadecenal interspecific response 

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© Plenum Publishing Corp. 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Greenblatt
    • 1
  • Wendell E. Burkholder
    • 1
  • John H. Cross
    • 2
  • Robert F. CassidyJr.
    • 2
  • Robert M. Silverstein
    • 2
  • A. R. Levinson
    • 3
  • H. Z. Levinson
    • 3
  1. 1.Stored Product and Household Insects Laboratory, ARS, USDA, and Department of EntomologyUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryCollege of Environmental Science and ForestrySyracuse
  3. 3.Max Planck Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenGermany

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