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Sexual Communication in the Drosophila Genus
AbstractIn insects, sexual behavior depends on chemical and non-chemical cues that might play an important role in sexual isolation. In this review, we present current knowledge about sexual behavior in the Drosophila genus. We describe courtship and signals involved in sexual communication, with a special focus on sex pheromones. We examine the role of cuticular hydrocarbons as sex pheromones, their implication in sexual isolation, and their evolution. Finally, we discuss the roles of male cuticular non-hydrocarbon pheromones that act after mating: cis-vaccenyl acetate, developing on its controversial role in courtship behavior and long-chain acetyldienylacetates and triacylglycerides, which act as anti-aphrodisiacs in mated females.
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Bontonou, G.; Wicker-Thomas, C. Sexual Communication in the Drosophila Genus. Insects 2014, 5, 439-458.View more citation formats
Bontonou G, Wicker-Thomas C. Sexual Communication in the Drosophila Genus. Insects. 2014; 5(2):439-458.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bontonou, Gwénaëlle; Wicker-Thomas, Claude. 2014. "Sexual Communication in the Drosophila Genus." Insects 5, no. 2: 439-458.