Pheromones and signature mixtures: defining species-wide signals and variable cues for identity in both invertebrates and vertebrates

@article{Wyatt2010PheromonesAS,
  title={Pheromones and signature mixtures: defining species-wide signals and variable cues for identity in both invertebrates and vertebrates},
  author={Tristram D Wyatt},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2010},
  volume={196},
  pages={685-700}
}
Pheromones have been found in species in almost every part of the animal kingdom, including mammals. Pheromones (a molecule or defined combination of molecules) are species-wide signals which elicit innate responses (though responses can be conditional on development as well as context, experience, and internal state). In contrast, signature mixtures, in invertebrates and vertebrates, are variable subsets of molecules of an animal’s chemical profile which are learnt by other animals, allowing… CONTINUE READING
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