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, 16 (9), 2623-35

Novel Internally Branched, Internal Alkenes as Major Components of the Cuticular Hydrocarbons of the Primitive Australian antNothomyrmecia Macrops Clark (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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Novel Internally Branched, Internal Alkenes as Major Components of the Cuticular Hydrocarbons of the Primitive Australian antNothomyrmecia Macrops Clark (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

W V Brown et al. J Chem Ecol.

Abstract

Internally mono- and dimethyl branched, internal alkenes, which constitute most of the cuticular hydrocarbon present on workers of the primitive Australian antNothomyrmecia macrops Clark, have been identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. They are the first such alkenes reported from insects. Also present are alkanes with similar carbon skeletons. The hydrocarbon patterns of three separateNothomyrmecia colonies were very similar.

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