On the Body Odour of Wild-Caught Mangrove-Marsh Bengal Tiger of Sundarban

  • Mousumi Poddar-Sarkar
  • Sibdas Ray
  • Subrata Pal Chowdhury
  • Gopal Samanta
  • Paramaa Raha
  • Ratan L. Brahmachary


We report the chemical analysis of the body odour collected from three tranquilised wild tigers (Panthera tigris tigris), from the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve in India. The electron micrograph of hairs from two tigers has been ­elucidated. A few saturated, unbranched fatty acid methyl esters like methyl tetradecanoate, methyl pentadecanoate, methyl hexadecanoate, methyl stearate, methyl eicosanoate and methyl eruciate were identified. A few benzenoid compounds were also detected. The possible significance of body odour and hair structure is discussed.


Body Odour Methyl Octanoate Methyl Hexanoate Methyl Decanoate Bengal Tiger 
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The work was supported partially by University Grants Commission and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India. We are grateful to PCCF, Dept. of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal for his kind permission and to the staff of the forest department who regularly took their risk to capture the wild, dangerous but gracious creature of the nature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mousumi Poddar-Sarkar
    • 1
  • Sibdas Ray
    • 2
  • Subrata Pal Chowdhury
    • 3
  • Gopal Samanta
    • 4
  • Paramaa Raha
    • 5
  • Ratan L. Brahmachary
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Department of Forest (Wildlife wing)Government of West Bengal, Bikash BhavanCalcuttaIndia
  4. 4.ABAHC, Alipurdwar IJalpaiguriIndia
  5. 5.Department of ZoologyBethune CollegeKolkataIndia
  6. 6.Embryology Unit, Indian Statistical UnitKolkataIndia

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