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Insects 2015, 6(3), 732-742; doi:10.3390/insects6030732

Insect Cuticular Hydrocarbons as Dynamic Traits in Sexual Communication

School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, John Maynard Smith Building, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
Academic Editor: Astrid Groot
Received: 27 April 2015 / Revised: 10 July 2015 / Accepted: 29 July 2015 / Published: 4 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sexual Communication in An Evolutionary Context)
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Recent research has demonstrated extensive within-species variation in pheromone expression in insect species, contrary to the view that pheromones are largely invariant within species. In fact, many studies on insect cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) show that pheromones can be highly dynamic traits that can express significant short-term plasticity across both abiotic and social environments. It is likely that this variability in CHC expression contributes to their important role in sexual signaling and mate choice. In this review, I discuss CHC plasticity and how this might influence sexual communication. I also highlight two important avenues for future research: examining plasticity in how individuals respond to CHC signals, and testing how sexual communication varies across abiotic and social environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: CHCs; plasticity; sexual signals; social environment CHCs; plasticity; sexual signals; social environment
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Ingleby, F.C. Insect Cuticular Hydrocarbons as Dynamic Traits in Sexual Communication. Insects 2015, 6, 732-742.

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