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Identification and variation of volatile compounds in sternal gland secretions of male koalas (phascolarctos cinereus)

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Salamon, M and Davies, NW, Identification and variation of volatile compounds in sternal gland secretions of male koalas (phascolarctos cinereus), Journal of Chemical Ecology, 24, (10) pp. 1659-1676. ISSN 0098-0331 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1020868528762

Abstract

The content of the sternal gland secretion from four male koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) was analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Volatile fatty acids, aldehydes, ketones, mono- and sesquiterpenes were identified, together with various volatile nitriles and oximes, some of which had not previously been described from any mammalian skin gland. Benzyl cyanide and phenylacetaldehyde oxime were identified as major components of the secretions, together with smaller amounts of the novel 3-methylthiopropanal oxime. The relative abundance of the identified compounds was highly variable between individuals and the scent composition was found to be partly determined by the scent of surrounding conspecifics. Principal component analysis revealed a high similarity between related individuals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Zoology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Author:Salamon, M ( Salamon)
Author:Davies, NW (Associate Professor Noel Davies)
ID Code:14172
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Central Science Laboratory
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-09
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