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Lizard epidermal gland secretions I : chemical characterization of the femoral gland secretion of the sungazer, Cordylus giganteus

dc.contributor.authorLouw, Stefan
dc.contributor.authorBurger, B. V.
dc.contributor.authorLe Roux, Maritha
dc.contributor.authorVan Wyk, Johannes H.
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-15T15:59:31Z
dc.date.available2011-05-15T15:59:31Z
dc.date.issued2007-09
dc.identifier.citationLouw, S., Burger, B. V., Le Roux, M. & Van Wyk, J. H. 2007. Lizard epidermal gland secretions I : chemical characterization of the femoral gland secretion of the sungazer, Cordylus giganteus. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 33(9):1806-1818, doi:10.1007/s10886-007-9348-4.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1573-1561 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0098-0331 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1007/s10886-007-9348-4
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/11221
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10886-007-9348-4
dc.description.abstractThe giant girdled lizard or sungazer, Cordylus giganteus, is endemic to South Africa. It has been suggested that in this species, as in other lizard species, epidermal glands in the femoral, pre-cloacal regions, and cloacal glands are the main sources of semiochemicals and that these secretions could play an important role at different levels of the social biology of the animals. To gain a better understanding of the nature of the femoral gland secretions of the sungazer, characterization of the constituents of the secretions was carried out. By using GC-MS analysis, in conjunction with auxiliary techniques, such as solventless sample introduction and trimethylsilyl derivatization, 53 relatively involatile compounds, including carboxylic acids, alcohols, ketones, esters, and steroids, were identified in the secretions of both sexes. The study showed that the secretions of male and female sungazers contain only semi-volatile chemicals.en_ZA
dc.format.extent15 p.
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag
dc.subjectPheromonesen_ZA
dc.subjectLizards -- Physiologyen_ZA
dc.subjectSemiochemicalsen_ZA
dc.subjectExocrine glands -- Secretionsen_ZA
dc.subjectGas chromatographyen_ZA
dc.subjectMass spectrometryen_ZA
dc.titleLizard epidermal gland secretions I : chemical characterization of the femoral gland secretion of the sungazer, Cordylus giganteusen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPost-print
dc.rights.holderSpringer Verlag


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