Novel pheromone-mediated reproductive behaviour in the stag beetle, Lucanus cervus

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Harvey, D. J., Vuts, J., Hooper, A. M., Caulfield, J. C., Finch, P., Gange, A. C., Chapman, J., Birkett, M. A. and Pickett, J. A. 2024. Novel pheromone-mediated reproductive behaviour in the stag beetle, Lucanus cervus. Scientific Reports. 14, p. 6037. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-55985-8

AuthorsHarvey, D. J., Vuts, J., Hooper, A. M., Caulfield, J. C., Finch, P., Gange, A. C., Chapman, J., Birkett, M. A. and Pickett, J. A.
Abstract

The iconic European stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) is one of the largest terrestrial beetles in Europe. Due to decreasing population numbers, thought to be a consequence of habitat loss, this beetle has become a near-threatened species across much of Europe, and a reliable monitoring system is required to measure its future population trends. As part of a programme aimed at conserving UK populations, we have investigated the chemical ecology of the beetle, with a view to developing an efficient semiochemical-based monitoring system. Such a scheme will be beneficial not only in the UK but across the European range of the species, where the beetle is of conservation concern. Here, we report on a surprising discovery of a male-produced pheromone, which provokes initial sexual receptivity in females, and which has not been previously identified in the animal kingdom. Furthermore, we assign sex pheromone function to a previously described female-specific compound.

Year of Publication2024
JournalScientific Reports
Journal citation14, p. 6037
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-55985-8
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeGrowing Health [ISP]
Growing Health (WP1) - bio-inspired solutions for healthier agroecosystems: Understanding biointeractions
Publisher's version
Copyright license
CC BY
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online12 Mar 2024
Publication process dates
Accepted29 Feb 2024
PublisherNature Publishing Group
ISSN2045-2322

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