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3-Methyl-α-himachalene: Proposed structure for novel homosesquiterpene sex pheromone of Lutzomyia longipalpis (Diptera: Psychodidae) from Jacobina, Brazil

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/1996
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number12
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)2331-2340
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The principal behaviorally active volatile component (ca. 90% +) of the sex pheromone glands of Lutzomyia longipalpis from Jacobina, Brazil, has been isolated and characterized as a novel homosesquiterpene with the structure 3- methyl-α-himachalene (C16H26). A minor component (ca. 10%) of the gland extract has also been identified as the sesquiterpene α-himachalene (C15H242). This work confirms that there are at least 3 members of the L. longipalpis species complex.