Dihydromatricaria Acid: Acetylenic Acid Secreted by Soldier Beetle

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Science  24 May 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3830, pp. 890-892
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3830.890


The aposematic cantharid beetle Chauliognathus lecontei produces a defensive secretion, from glands in its thorax and abdomen, containing 8-cis-dihydromatricaria acid. Similar acetylenic compounds are known only from certain fungi and flowering plants.

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