Volatile secretion of dufour gland of workers of an army ant,Dorylus (Anomma) molestus.

Research paper by A G AG Bagneres, J J Billen, E D ED Morgan

Indexed on: 01 Aug '91Published on: 01 Aug '91Published in: Journal of Chemical Ecology


The Dufour glands of workers ofDorylus (Anomma) molestus contain chiefly linear alkenes and alkanes, with (Z)-9-tricosene and tricosane representing over 70%. The glands are relatively small with some indication of very small (nanogram or less) amounts of dihydrofarnesol. Minima, medium, and major workers ofDorylus (Anomma) nigricans contain a similar spectrum of compounds.