Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 21, Issue 11, pp 1837–1845 | Cite as

Roles of cuticular hydrocarbons in intra-and interspecific recognition behavior of two rhinotermitidae species

  • Shozo Takahashi
  • Ahdin Gassa


Soldiers of two termite species.Reticulitermes speratus andCoptotermes formosanus, showed aggressive behavior toward workers of other species. Soldiers always exhibited aggressive behavior to a conspecific worker treated with heterospecific cuticular hydrocarbons. A bioassay using live workers to test contact chemical cues was developed.

Key Words

Specific recognition aggressive behavior contact chemical cues Rhinotermitidae cuticular hydrocarbons 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shozo Takahashi
    • 1
  • Ahdin Gassa
    • 1
  1. 1.Pesticide Research Institute, Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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