Ontogeny of hydrocarbon profiles in the ant Aphaenogaster senilis and effects of social isolation.

@article{Ichinose2009OntogenyOH,
  title={Ontogeny of hydrocarbon profiles in the ant Aphaenogaster senilis and effects of social isolation.},
  author={Katsuya Ichinose and Alain Lenoir},
  journal={Comptes rendus biologies},
  year={2009},
  volume={332 8},
  pages={697-703}
}
In ants, cuticular hydrocarbons are used for nestmate recognition; they are stored in the postpharyngeal gland and shared among the individuals. Newly emerged ants have a very small quantity of hydrocarbons. We studied the ontogeny of the hydrocarbon profile in Aphaenogaster senilis. The total quantities of both cuticular and postpharyngeal gland (PPG) hydrocarbons increased with age from 0 to 20 days after emergence and then stabilised. These quantities are correlated with the development of… CONTINUE READING

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