Document Type

Peer-Review Article


We report an alarm pheromone in the gregarious poduromorph collembolan, Hypogastrura pannosa. Cuticular rupture results in emission of a rapidly vaporizing hexane-soluble material with an active space diameter of ca. 1 cm. Conspecifics encountering the vapor front respond with stereotypic aversion and dispersal behaviors. This is the first report on the presence of an alarm pheromone in the order Collembola.

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