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Experientia

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 306–310 | Cite as

Drimane sesquiterpenoids in MediterraneanDendrodoris nudibranchs: Anatomical distribution and biological role

  • C. Avila
  • G. Cimino
  • A. Crispino
  • A. Spinella
Research Articles

Summary

Two Mediterranean species ofDendrodoris nudibranchs have elaborated a very sophisticated defensive strategy against predators, involving the denovo biosynthesis of a series of drimane sesquiterpenoids, some of which are strongly ichthyodeterrent. Anatomical distribution of the drimane terpenoids in different sections and egg masses of the mollusc is reported, together with further studies aimed at finding out how the animals are protected against the noxious effects of their own allomones.

Key words

Chemical defense Dendrodoris species polygodial drimane sesquiterpenoids nudibranch 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Avila
    • 1
  • G. Cimino
    • 1
  • A. Crispino
    • 1
  • A. Spinella
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto per la Chimica di Molecole di Interesse BiologicoC.N.R.Naples(Italy)

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