Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 347–356 | Cite as

Soldier defense secretions of the Malaysian termite,Hospitalioermes umbrinus (Isoptera, Nasutitermitinae)

  • C. H. Chuah
  • S. H. Goh
  • Glenn D. Prestwich
  • Y. P. Tho


Trinervita-1(15),8(19)-dien-2β,3α-diol and the new trinervita-1(15),8(19)-dien-2β, 3α-diol 2-O-acetate constitute the major diterpene constituents of the soldier defense secretions of the NasutitermiteHospitalitermes umbrinus of Malaysian region. Studies on the intraspecific variations on sympatric and allopatric populations indicate two distinct patterns of chemical composition.

Key words

Termite Hospitalitermes umbrinus Isoptera Nasutitermitinae defense secretions terpenes trinervitenes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Chuah
    • 1
  • S. H. Goh
    • 1
  • Glenn D. Prestwich
    • 2
  • Y. P. Tho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and Program of Ecology and EvolutionState University of New YorkStony Brook
  3. 3.Forest Research InstituteKepong, SelangorMalaysia

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