Ectocarpene

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Ectocarpene
IUPAC name (5S)-5-[(1E)-but-1-en-1-yl]cyclohepta-1,3-diene
Other names (6R)-6-[(E)-but-1-enyl]cyclohepta-1,4-diene, 6-[Z-butenyl]-1,4-cycloheptadiene, 1-(1-butenyl)-2,5-cycloheptadiene, (+)-(6S)-6-(1Z-butenyl)cyclohepta-1,4-diene
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
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Properties
C11H16
Molar mass 148.24 g/mol
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

Ectocarpene is a sexual attractant, or pheromone, found with several species of brown algae (Phaeophyceae). The substance has a fruity scent and can be sensed by humans when millions of algae gametes swarm the seawater and the females start emitting the substance to attract the male gametes.

Ectocarpene was the first isolated algal pheromone. It was isolated from algae Ectocarpus (ordo Ectocarpales) by Müller and col. in 1971[1].

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