LIPID COMPOUNDS IN SECRETIONS OF FISHING BAT, NOCTILIO-LEPORINUS (CHIROPTERA, NOCTILIONIDAE)

Citation
Ap. Brooke et Dm. Decker, LIPID COMPOUNDS IN SECRETIONS OF FISHING BAT, NOCTILIO-LEPORINUS (CHIROPTERA, NOCTILIONIDAE), Journal of chemical ecology, 22(8), 1996, pp. 1411-1428
Citations number
30
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ecology,Biology
Journal title
ISSN journal
0098-0331
Volume
22
Issue
8
Year of publication
1996
Pages
1411 - 1428
Database
ISI
SICI code
0098-0331(1996)22:8<1411:LCISOF>2.0.ZU;2-U
Abstract
The distinctive odor of Noctilio leporinus arises from oily secretions found beneath the wings in the subaxillary region. Analysis of secret ions by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry identified 372 lipid comp ounds. Differences in number and chemical composition of glycolipids s uggest that secretions of males from the same roost are more similar t o each other than to other males or females. Differences in number and chemical composition of nonpolar lipids indicate that secretions of m ales are more similar to each other than to females. Since secretions differ between sexes, information on sexual identity and reproductive condition may be communicated. Individually unique lipid compositions further suggest that bats may be recognizable by their odor within the roost and while flying.