Chemical composition of odorous secretions in the Tasmanian short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus).

@article{Harris2012ChemicalCO,
  title={Chemical composition of odorous secretions in the Tasmanian short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus).},
  author={Rachel L. Harris and Noel W Davies and Stewart C. Nicol},
  journal={Chemical senses},
  year={2012},
  volume={37 9},
  pages={819-36}
}
The short-beaked echidna is believed to use olfactory cues from a cloacal scent gland to attract and locate mates during the breeding season. We investigated the chemical composition of echidna secretions, including cloacal swabs and solid, "waxy" exudates from the cloaca and spurs. Scent samples from 37 individuals were collected over a 1-year period and analyzed using a range of different analytical techniques. A total of 186 compounds were identified, including volatile carboxylic acids… CONTINUE READING
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