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Ubiquinone-O in defensive spray of African millipede


WHEN strongly disturbed, the red-legged millipede Metiche tanganyicense Kraus (Spirobolida: Trigoniulidae) sprays attackers with a mixture of four quinones (Fig. 1). Ubiquinone-O, a major component of this defensive spray has not been isolated previously from a natural source.

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WOOD, W., SHEPHERD, J., CHONG, B. et al. Ubiquinone-O in defensive spray of African millipede. Nature 253, 625–626 (1975).

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