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Sexual calling behavior in primitive ants

Science 195(4280): 793-794

Sexual calling behavior in primitive ants

The wingless virgin females of the ponerine ant Rhytidoponera metallica attract males by the release of a pheromone from the tergal gland, a hitherto unrecognized exocrine gland located between the last two abdominal segments. This is the first evidence for sexual chemical communication in the large and primitive subfamily Ponerinae.

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Accession: 006408154

PMID: 836590

DOI: 10.1126/science.836590

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