1-Pentadecene Production in Tribolium confusum

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Science  02 Apr 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3978, pp. 60-61
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3978.60


Odoriferous glands of Tribolium confusum produce volatile compounds which are stored in special reservoirs. Besides the previously reported 2-methyl- and 2-ethyl-1,4-benzoquinones, a new compound, 1-pentadecene, was isolated. The acyclic C14H26O ketone previously reported was not present. 1-Pentadecene is thought to facilitate absorption of the admixed quinones by Tribolium enemies.