The Cuticular Hydrocarbons Profiles in the Colonial Recognition of the Neotropical Eusocial Wasp, Mischocyttarus cassununga (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)


  • André Sunao Nishiuchi Murakami UNESP - Rio Claro
  • Túlio Marcos Nunes Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP)
  • Ivan Cesar Desuó UNESP - Rio Claro
  • Sulene Noriko Shima UNESP - Rio Claro
  • Sidnei Mateus Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Departamento de Biologia.



Nestmate, Colony, Chemical signal, Mischocyttarini


Cuticular hydrocarbons are chemical messengers with fundamental role in information transfer on the nestmate recognition, physical or behavioral caste, age, task specialization and reproductive status among individuals of colony. In basal (primitively) eusocial wasps, the role of cuticular hydrocarbons in the colonial recognition has been extensively studied in genus Polistes (Polistinae) and Stenogastrinae. Although the genus Mischocyttarus (Polistinae) is a large group of neotropical eusocial wasps, the cuticular hydrocarbons were only investigated in a few species. This study aimed to verify whether the cuticular hydrocarbons can discriminate the intercolonial identity in Mischocyttarus cassununga. Our results showed that the cuticular hydrocarbons can play a role in intercolony recognition.


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How to Cite

Murakami, A. S. N., Nunes, T. M., Desuó, I. C., Shima, S. N., & Mateus, S. (2015). The Cuticular Hydrocarbons Profiles in the Colonial Recognition of the Neotropical Eusocial Wasp, Mischocyttarus cassununga (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Sociobiology, 62(1), 109–115.



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