Chemical constituents of the chest gland secretion of the thick-tailed galago (Galago crassicaudatus)

Crewe R.M. ; Burger B.V. ; Le Roux M. ; Katsir Z. (1979)


The naturally exuded chest gland secretions of adult male and female thick-tailed bush babies were collected directly in capillary tubes. The pure secretion was subjected to GC-MS analysis which revealed three major components. These were identified by comparison with the appropriate standard compounds: benzyl cyanide, p-hydroxybenzyl cyanide, and 2-(p-hydroxyphenyl)ethanol. Analysis of a male and a female secretion indicated that some sexual dimorphism in the relative concentrations of these components may exist. © 1979 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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