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(figs. 40, 53)
Worker, holotype: TL 5.8, HL 1.43, HW 1.29, ML 0.90, WL 1.83, scape L 1.26, eye L 0.21 mm; Cl 90, MI 63 .
Similar to A. risiiHNS in form, color and sculpture; yellowish-brown, with corners of head and appendages more yellowish, but the petiole gradually attenuated to a very sharp apical tooth (fig. 40), and the mandibles shorter (and broader in the apical half) and with ventral mesal margin of shafts only vaguely crenulate near the preapical angle, which is acute and directed mesad. Antennal scapes also shorter; surpassing posterior lobes of head by only about the length of the first funicular segment when the head is viewed perfectly full-face. Pronotum smooth and shining, except for the usual transverse striation of the cervix; frontal striation confined to the area between the frontal carinae. Eyes relatively smaller than in A. risiiHNS. Queen and male unknown.
Holotype (MCZ) from Didiman Creek, Lae, New Guinea, 29 March 1955, taken in the early evening from lower trunk of a tree in lowland rain forest, E. O. Wilson, No. 711. Wilson (1959) assigned this specimen, along with another worker taken at the same time and place, to A. variegatusHNS, but noted differences in frontal sculpture and petiolar form (compare figs. 39 and 40) between the Lae specimens and a paratype of A. variegatusHNS in MCZ. The frontal striation in the A. variegatusHNS types is strong, and extends well beyond the frontal carinae to fan out widely over the center of the vertex.
He says nothing about the differences in mandibular dentition that in my opinion are at least as important. The mesial edges of the mandibles in A. variegatusHNS have the dorsal and ventral margins fused into one coarsely denticulate margin beyond midlength for nearly half the preapical length of the shaft; the most distal (preapical) denticle does not form an acute angle as in A. risii, A. peracerHNS and related species.
A. variegatusHNS, though similar to A. peracerHNS in size and color, seems to me to represent a separate species that links the gladiatorHNS and risiiHNS groups, but is probably more comfortably placed in the former.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in Felled rainforest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Nest in epiphitic moss on tree, 1 times nest ex. Hydnophytum sp..
Elevations: collected from 480 - 670 meters, 575 meters average