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Interspecific activity of the sex pheromone of the European shore crab (Carcinus maenas)

Hardege, Joerg; Bublitz, Ralf; Sainte-Marie, Bernard; Hardege, Jorg; Newcomb-Hodgetts, Chloe; Fletcher, Nichola; Smith, Michelle; Hardege, Jörg

Authors

Joerg Hardege

Ralf Bublitz Ralf.Bublitz@hull.ac.uk

Bernard Sainte-Marie

Chloe Newcomb-Hodgetts

Nichola Fletcher

Michelle Smith



Abstract

The recent identification of uridine diphosphate (UDP) as the female sex-pheromone in the European shore crab Carcinus maenas demonstrated not only the link between moult and pheromone production, but also how it may have evolved from a 'simple' metabolic byproduct. Consequently, it is expected to be present in other moulting crustaceans, thus raising issues involving species specificity of the female pheromone. Bioassays were conducted using synthetic pheromone (UDP, 10(-3)-10(-4) M) to examine if it induced sexual behaviour in other crustacean species that are neither closely related nor occur in the same ecosystem. The snow crab, Chionoecetes opilio, and the yellowline arrow crab, Stenorhynchus seticornis, both belonging to a different superfamily (Majoidea) and occurring in different habitats than C. maneas (Portunoidea), displayed significant sexual behaviour towards UDP treated objects (p < 0.005). These and other examples demonstrate that the female sex-pheromone UDP is not species-specific but is present and active in some other decapod crustaceans.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Publication Date Oct 1, 2008
Journal BEHAVIOUR
Print ISSN 0005-7959
Electronic ISSN 1568-539X
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 145
Issue 10
Pages 1465-1478
APA6 Citation Bublitz, R., Sainte-Marie, B., Newcomb-Hodgetts, C., Fletcher, N., Smith, M., & Hardege, J. (2008). Interspecific activity of the sex pheromone of the European shore crab (Carcinus maenas). Behaviour, 145(10), 1465-1478. doi:10.1163/156853908785765872
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/156853908785765872
Keywords Animal Science and Zoology; Behavioral Neuroscience
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