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Type: Journal article
Title: Aquatic sex pheromone from a male tree frog
Author: Wabnitz, P.
Bowie, J.
Tyler, M.
Wallace, J.
Smith, B.
Citation: Nature, 1999; 401(6752):444-445
Publisher: MACMILLAN MAGAZINES LTD
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0028-0836
1476-4687
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Paul A. Wabnitz, John H. Bowie, Michael J. Tyler, John C. Wallace & Ben P. Smith
Abstract: Many creatures use chemical signals (pheromones) as sources of information about the world around them. For example, a sex pheromone produced by one sex (usually the female) of a particular species induces an immediate behavioural response in the opposite sex of the same species. However, very little is known about amphibian pheromones. We have now discovered and characterized an aquatic, female-attracting pheromone from the parotoid and rostral glands of a male frog, the magnificent tree frog, Litoria splendida. To our knowledge, this pheromone, which we have named splendipherin, is the first pheromone from an anuran (frog or toad) to be identified.
Keywords: Parotid Gland; Skin; Animals; Anura; Sex Attractants; Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid; Seasons; Amino Acid Sequence; Molecular Sequence Data; Female; Male
Rights: © 1999 Macmillan Magazines Ltd.
RMID: 0030004039
DOI: 10.1038/46724
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