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A Note on Pygidial Glands of Primitive Australian Ants: A New Source of Odorous Chemicals

  • B. D. Jackson
  • E. D. Morgan
  • J. P. J. Billen
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Abstract

The pygidial gland of ants is an abdominal gland associated with the intersegmental membrane between the 6th and 7th abdominal tergites. Large pygidial glands are found in most species of the subfamily Dolichoderinae and in a number of species scattered throughout other subfamilies. However, the only non-dolichoderine pygidial gland to have been studied chemically is that of the ponerine Rhytidoponera metallica [1].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. D. Jackson
    • 1
  • E. D. Morgan
    • 1
  • J. P. J. Billen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of KeeleKeele, StaffordshireUK
  2. 2.Zoological Institute of the UniversityLeuvenBelgium

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