Dictyopterenes are a group of chemical compounds that are naturally present in marine and freshwater environments. They are sexual attractants, or pheromones, found with several species of brown algae (Phaeophyceae). The chemical formula of dictyopterene A is trans-1-(trans-1-hexenyl)-2-vinylcyclopropane. The chemical formula of dictyopterene C' is 6-butylcyclohepta-1,4-diene.[1] Dictyopterene A can be extracted from the essential oil of algae of the genus Dictyopteris.[2]

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  1. ^ "Evidence of ectocarpene and dictyopterenes A and C′ in the water of a freshwater lake" (PDF). Limnology and Oceanography. 29 (6): 1322–1324. 1984. doi:10.4319/lo.1984.29.6.1322. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  2. ^ Toshiyuki Itoh; Hitomi Inoue; Sachie Emoto (2000). "Synthesis of Dictyopterene A: Optically Active Tributylstannylcyclopropane as a Chiral Synthon". Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan. 73 (2): 409–416. doi:10.1246/bcsj.73.409. ISSN 1348-0634.[permanent dead link]

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