Identification of new components from anal glands of Tapinoma simrothi pheonicium

Abraham Hefetz*, Helen A. Lloyd

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In addition to 2-methyl-4-heptanone, 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one, and iridodials, the anal gland exudate of the dolichoderine ant, Tapinoma simrothi, contains 4-heptanone and 4-hydroxy-4-methyl-2-pentanone. The secretion functions as an alarm pheromone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-613
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1983


  • 2-methyl-4-heptanone
  • 4-heptanone
  • 4-hydroxy-4-methyl-2-pentanone
  • 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one
  • Dolichoderinae
  • Formicidae
  • Hymenoptera
  • Tapinoma simrothi
  • alarm
  • alcohol
  • aldehydes
  • ant
  • gland anal
  • iridodials
  • ketones
  • pheromone


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