Suicidal defensive behaviour by frontal gland dehiscence in Globitermes sulphureus Haviland soldiers (Isoptera)

@article{Bordereau1997SuicidalDB,
  title={Suicidal defensive behaviour by frontal gland dehiscence in Globitermes sulphureus Haviland soldiers (Isoptera)},
  author={C. Bordereau and A. Robert and V. van Tuyen and A. Peppuy},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={1997},
  volume={44},
  pages={289-297}
}
  • C. Bordereau, A. Robert, +1 author A. Peppuy
  • Published 1997
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
  • Summary:Globitermes sulphureus is a well-known termite for the suicidal behaviour of the soldiers which liberate a sticky defensive secretion by rupturing their body. We have shown that this secretion is elaborated in a highly transformed frontal gland occupying a large part of the abdomen and the thorax, and not in the salivary glands as had been assumed until now. This special frontal gland without an outside opening is ruptured by violent contractions of the abdominal wall at the level of a… CONTINUE READING
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