Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 89–101 | Cite as

Mammalian Exocrine Secretions. XVII: Chemical Characterization of Preorbital Secretion of Male Suni, Neotragus moschatus

  • M. A. Stander
  • B. V. Burger
  • M. Le Roux


Gas chromatographic and gas chromatographic–mass spectrometric techniques were employed to identify 83 compounds, including alkanes, alkenes, aldehydes, 2-methylalkanes, carboxylic acids, 1-alkyl formates and alken-1-yl formates, benzoic acid, and cholesterol, in the preorbital secretion of the male suni, Neotragus moschatus. Dimethyl disulfide derivatization and lithium aluminum hydride reduction were used to determine the position of double bonds and to confirm the identity of the functional groups in some of the constituents of the secretion.

suni Neotragus moschatus semiochemicals pheromones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Stander
    • 1
  • B. V. Burger
    • 1
  • M. Le Roux
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Ecological Chemistry, Department of ChemistryUniversity of StellenboschStellenboschSouth Africa

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