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Methyl Anthranilate: Identification and Possible Function in Aphaenogaster fulva and Xenomyrmex floridanus

R. M. Duffield, J. W. Wheeler and M. S. Blum
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 63, No. 2 (Jun., 1980), pp. 203-206
DOI: 10.2307/3494440
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3494440
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Methyl Anthranilate: Identification and Possible Function in Aphaenogaster fulva and Xenomyrmex floridanus
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Abstract

Mandibular gland secretions of the ants Aphaenogaster fulva Roger and Xenomyrmex floridanus Emery contain methyl anthranilate. Behavioral tests demonstrate that it initiates escape behavior in the workers of each species. The evolutionary significance of methyl anthranilate in myrmicine species is discussed.

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