Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Caste and Population Specificity of Termite Cuticule Hydrocarbons

  • S. G. Klochkov
  • V. I. Kozlovskii
  • N. V. Belyaeva


The composition of hydrocarbons from the termites Reticulitermes lucifugus Rossi and Kalotermes flavicollis Fabr. belonging to different castes and populations was determined using GC and mass spectrometry. The role of cuticular hydrocarbons in olfactory recognition of termite caste and population status was demonstrated.

Key words

Reticulitermes lucifugus Rossi Kalotermes flavicollis Fabr. cuticular hydrocarbons caste and population specificity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Klochkov
    • 1
  • V. I. Kozlovskii
    • 1
  • N. V. Belyaeva
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physiologically Active CompoundsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow Region
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentM. V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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