Sexual calling behavior in primitive ants

Bert Hölldobler, Caryl P. Haskins

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-794
Number of pages2
Issue number4280
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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