Overlooked scents: chemical profile of soma, volatile emissions and trails of the green tree ant, Oecophylla smaragdina

Vivek Kempraj*, Soo Jean Park, Stefano De Faveri, Phillip W. Taylor

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The green tree ant, Oecophylla smaragdina, is one of only two recognized species of weaver ants. While the identity and functions of chemicals produced and emitted by its congener O. longinoda have been studied quite extensively and serve as a valuable model in chemical ecology research, little comparable information is available about O. smaragdina. Although some analyses of chemicals produced and emitted by O. smaragdina have been reported, the literature is fragmentary and incomplete for this species. To address this knowledge gap, and to enable comparisons in the chemical ecology of the two weaver ant species, we here describe diverse chemicals from the cuticle, Dufour’s glands, poison glands, head, headspace volatiles, and trails of O. smaragdina.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2112
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

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  • Oecophylla smaragdina
  • cuticular hydrocarbons
  • headspace volatiles
  • chemical ecology
  • Cuticular hydrocarbons
  • Headspace volatiles
  • Chemical ecology


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