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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Chemical Communication in the Gregarious Psocid Cerastipsocus sivorii (Psocoptera: Psocidae)
Author: BUZATTO, Bruno A.
REQUENA, Gustavo S.
Abstract: The objectives of this study were: (1) to test the existence of an aggregation pheromone in the gregarious psocid Cerastipsocus sivorii; (2) to compare the attractiveness of odors from different aggregations; (3) to test whether nymphs are able to chemically recognize damage-released alarm signals. In a choice experiment conducted in the laboratory, we showed that psocids are able to detect chemical cues from groups of conspecifics. Laboratory experiments also showed that nymphs are capable of chemically recognizing the aggregations where they came from. Finally, in a field experiment, most aggregations dispersed when exposed to the body fluids of a crushed conspecific, but no aggregations dispersed upon exposure to a crushed termite. The implications of these results for the evolution of sociality in psocopterans are discussed.
Subject: Aggregation pheromone
alarm signal
damage-released pheromone
kin recognition
social behavior
Country: Estados Unidos
Citation: JOURNAL OF INSECT BEHAVIOR, v.22, n.5, p.388-398, 2009
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s10905-009-9180-5
Date Issue: 2009
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