Interspecific Effects of Sex Pheromones in Fish

  • Vitaly A. Ostroumov


Goldfish and other teleosts use released hormones (steroids, prostaglandins) as sex pheromones (Sorensen and Stacey, 1990; Sorenson, Irvine, Scott and Stacey, 1992; Stacey and Sorenson, 1991) raising the question of whether such pheromones can be species-specific, given the limited chemical diversity of hormones. This complex issue involves consideration of the specific nature of reproductive sympatry, of non-hormonal components of the pheromone which could create species specificity, and of non-olfactory cues which might obviate the need for a species-specific odor. This paper presents experiments which address the problem of species-specific sex pheromones in fish by examining responses to heterospecific odors prepared from gonadal fluids and urine of several teleost species.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vitaly A. Ostroumov
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  1. 1.Institute of BiologyIrkutsk State UniversityIrkutskRussia

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