Poiani, SB, Morgan, ED, Drijfhout, FP and Cruz-Landim, C (2018) Relationship Between Hydrocarbon Composition on the Cuticle of Melipona quadrifasciata (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Workers and the Secretion of the Cephalic Salivary Glands. Sociobiology, 65. 671 - 678. ISSN 0361-6525

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Abstract

Since chemical communication is pivotal for social insect success, the present paper aimed to quantify and qualify the chemical compounds that might have pheromonal role in both cephalic salivary gland and epicuticle of workers of Melipona quadrifasciata Lepeletier using gas chromatographymass spectrometry (GC/MS). The results indicated that the hydrocarbons were the main compounds in both cephalic salivary gland and epicuticle, followed by esters. Positive Mantel correspondence analysis suggests that the glands could contribute to replenishment of surface compounds as an auxiliary source. Discriminant analysis also pointed out that gland and epicuticle chemical profiles were phase-related.

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Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana at http://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v65i4.3384 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 15:39
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 15:39
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5552

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