By Dietland Muller-Schwarze
Focusing completely at the chemically mediated interactions among vertebrates, together with people and different animals and vegetation, this monograph combines details from extensively scattered technical literature in numerous disciplines. it will likely be an essential reference for undergraduates, graduate scholars and researchers attracted to how chemical signs are used for inter- and intra-specific communique in vertebrates.
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First, among related compounds there may exist precursors of active ones, and pathways of pheromone synthesis may be elucidated. This is true for steroids in the human axilla. Nixon et al. (1988) determined the concentration of ﬁve steroids extracted from axillary hair of adult men aged 18 to 40 years. The relationships in concentrations between the two ketones 5α-androst-16-en-3-one and 4,16androstadien-3-one suggest that axillary bacteria reduce the former to the latter with the aid of the enzyme 4-ene-5α-reductase.
1988). In the secretions of the anal sacs of dogs (Canis familiaris) and coyotes (C. , 1976). , 1991). 23 24 properties of vertebrate semiochemicals The well-known defense secretion from the skunk’s (Mephitis mephitis) anal glands contains thiols and disulﬁdes (Andersen and Bernstein, 1975) and thioacetates (Wood, 1990). The seven major compounds are (E)-2-butene-1-thiol, 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, S-(E)-2-butenyl thioacetate, S-3-methylbutanyl thioacetate, 2-methylquinoline, 2-quinolinemethanethiol, and S-2-quinolinemethyl thioacetate (Wood, 1990).
Two types of stimulus access (“snifﬁng”) have been distinguished in ﬁsh: “cyclosmates” such as tuna or lobster, which sample a speciﬁc sniff volume in sniffs or ﬂicks, and “isosmates,” which sample a steady, ciliary-driven water ﬂow. This latter type of stimulus access is found in slow-moving animals such as catﬁsh, eels, dogﬁsh, or mud snails (Atema, 1988). In turbulent water, patch boundaries will be the sharper the more recently the odor was released. When crossing an odor patch, the animal will learn about the distance to the odor source from the rate of concentration change.
Chemical Ecology of Vertebrates by Dietland Muller-Schwarze