Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 31, Issue 7, pp 1555–1565 | Cite as

A Novel Long-Chained Acetate in the Defensive Secretion of Thrips

  • Gunther Tschuch
  • Peter Lindemann
  • Anja Niesen
  • René Csuk
  • Gerald Moritz


Defensive secretions of adult and larval Suocerathrips linguis (Phlaeothripidae, Thysanoptera) were found to contain a long-chained acetate, (11Z)-11,19-eicosadienyl acetate, that was not previously known to occur naturally. This substance occurred together with octadecyl acetate and other long-chained acetates. The eicosadienyl acetate repels ants and spreads on the surface of such potential predators. The mixture can provide a long-lasting surface coating.

Key Words

Suocerathrips linguis Thysanoptera Phlaeothripidae defensive secretion repellent octadecyl acetate (11Z)-11,19-eicosadienyl acetate GC-MS 



We gratefully acknowledge Laurence Mound, CSIRO Canberra, and William Kirk, Keele University, Staffordshire, for valuable discussion. We are also grateful to Phil Griffiths and Alison Scott-Brown, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, London, for sending us the founders for a stock culture of S. linguis. We thank a diploma student, Gitte Kiessling, for her help in sample collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunther Tschuch
    • 1
  • Peter Lindemann
    • 2
  • Anja Niesen
    • 3
  • René Csuk
    • 3
  • Gerald Moritz
    • 1
  1. 1.Developmental Biology, Department of BiologyMartin-Luther-University Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany
  2. 2.Pharmaceutical Biology, Department of PharmacyMartin-Luther-University Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Organic Chemistry, Department of ChemistryMartin-Luther-University Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany

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