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Behavioral and Electrophysiological Responses of Triatoma brasiliensis Males to Volatiles Produced in the Metasternal Glands of Females

Vitta, Ana C.R.; Bohman, Bjorn; Unelius, C.R.; Lorenzo, Marcelo G.


In many insects, mate finding is mediated by volatile sex pheromones, but evidence for this phenomenon in triatomines (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) is still fragmentary. Recently, it was shown that metasternal glands (MGs) are involved in producing signals related to the sexual communication of Triatoma infestans and Rhodnius prolixus. Based on this, we tested whether MG volatiles could be involved in the sexual communication of Triatoma brasiliensis. Odor-mediated orientation responses were...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chemical Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-009-9709-2


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