Cuticular Hydrocarbons : Species and Population-Level Discrimination in Termites 1

  • Michael I. Haverty Marion Page Barbara L. Thorne Pierre Escoubas
  • Published 2007


Hydrocarbons in the cuticle of insects are essential in protecting them from desiccation. The vast variety of hydrocar­ bons synthesized by insects and the apparent species-specificity of cuticular hydrocarbon mixtures make them excellent taxo­ nomic characters for separating species within termite genera. Hydrocarbon phenotypes of dampwood termites… (More)

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