Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 3–12 | Cite as

Analysis of gular and paracloacal gland secretions of the american alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) by thin-layer chromatography Gland, sex, and individual differences in lipid components

  • Paul J. Weldon
  • Timothy P. Scott
  • Michael J. Tanner
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Abstract

Secretions from the gular and the paracloacal glands of adult male and female American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) were extracted with chloroform, weighed, and analyzed by thin-layer chromatography. In both sexes, more lipoidal secretions were recovered from the paracloacal glands than from the gular glands. Females produce more lipoidal secretions in both sets of glands than do males. The thin-layer chromatograms of extracts from both glands exhibit bands consistent with aliphatic alcohols, sterols, free fatty acids, and steryl esters. Triglycerides, hydrocarbons, phosphatidylethanolamine, and lysophosphatidylcholine also are indicated in some chromatograms. Gland, sex, and individual differences are suggested in the thinlayer profiles.

Key Words

Alligator mississippiensis gular glands paracloacal glands lipids 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Weldon
    • 1
  • Timothy P. Scott
    • 1
  • Michael J. Tanner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyTexas A & M UniversityCollege Station

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