Interspecific differences in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of Myrmica ants are sufficiently consistent to explain host specificity by Maculinea (large blue) butterflies

@article{Elmes2001InterspecificDI,
  title={Interspecific differences in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of Myrmica ants are sufficiently consistent to explain host specificity by Maculinea (large blue) butterflies},
  author={G. Elmes and T. Akino and J. Thomas and R. Clarke and J. Knapp},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2001},
  volume={130},
  pages={525-535}
}
  • G. Elmes, T. Akino, +2 authors J. Knapp
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • The chemical signatures on the cuticles of five common Myrmica ant species were analysed (49 colonies of M.rubra, M.ruginodis, M.sabuleti, M.scabrinodis and M.schencki), each ant being the specific host of one of the five threatened European species of Maculinea butterfly. The cuticular hydrocarbon profile (based on the relative abundance of each chemical) of each ant species was highly distinctive, even between the morphologically similar species M.sabuleti and M.scabrinodis. There was no… CONTINUE READING
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