Benzoquinones from millipedes deter mosquitoes and elicit self-anointing in capuchin monkeys (Cebus spp.)

@article{Weldon2003BenzoquinonesFM,
  title={Benzoquinones from millipedes deter mosquitoes and elicit self-anointing in capuchin monkeys (Cebus spp.)},
  author={Paul J. Weldon and Jeffrey R Aldrich and Jerome Anthony Klun and James E. Oliver and Mustapha Debboun},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2003},
  volume={90},
  pages={301-304}
}
Neotropical monkeys of the genus Cebus anoint themselves by rubbing arthropods and plants against their pelage. A recent study has shown that free-ranging wedge-capped capuchin monkeys (C. olivaceus) in Venezuela self-anoint with a benzoquinone-secreting millipede, an activity by which they are hypothesized to appropriate chemical deterrents of mosquitoes. To evaluate the plausibility of this hypothesis, female yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) were presented with two millipede secretory… Expand
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