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Volatile Amphibian Pheromones: Macrolides from Mantellid Frogs from Madagascar



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Amphibians like water, but do they also notice volatile compounds in the air? Yes, they do. Macrolides, such as phoracantholide J (see picture; upper right structure) or the newly discovered natural product gephyromantolide A (left structure), are used for communication by mantelline frogs from Madagascar.

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