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Volatile Organic Compounds of Decaying Piglet Cadavers Perceived by Nicrophorus vespilloides

von Hoermann, Christian ; Ruther, Joachim ; Ayasse, Manfred


In the necrophagous burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides (Coleoptera: Silphidae), cadaver preference appears to depend on cadaver size and on the maturity of the beetle. We previously showed that newly emerged females with immature ovaries prefer later stages of decomposition of large cadavers. Our present aim is the determination of specific chemical compounds involved in the discrimination ...


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