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Insects 2014, 5(2), 439-458; doi:10.3390/insects5020439
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Sexual Communication in the Drosophila Genus

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Received: 21 March 2014; in revised form: 14 May 2014 / Accepted: 16 May 2014 / Published: 18 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pheromones and Insect Behaviour)
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Abstract: In 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.
Keywords: Drosophila; courtship; pheromones; cis-vaccenyl acetate Drosophila; courtship; pheromones; cis-vaccenyl acetate
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Bontonou, G.; Wicker-Thomas, C. Sexual Communication in the Drosophila Genus. Insects 2014, 5, 439-458.

AMA Style

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.


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