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Costa Rica (type locality).
Apterostigma goniodes is widespread in wet forest habitats of Costa Rica. I have collected the species at Wilson Botanical Garden in the Talamanca range, Carara Biological Reserve, Estacion Pitilla in Guanacaste Conservation Area, the Pe–as Blancas Valley east of Monteverde, La Selva Biological Station, and the Barva transect at 1100m in Braulio Carrillo National Park. All of my collections have been from Winkler samples of sifted litter from the forest floor; I have never seen a nest. At the 1100m site on the Barva transect it was relatively frequent in Malaise traps and Winkler samples.
Lattke (1997) gave holotype locality data as "Costa Rica, Heredia, La Selva, 1500-1700 m, 9-VI-1974, Talbot y Van Devender," deposited at LACM. He commented that this was a relatively high elevation for the genus and that it must be a montane species. This must have been a misinterpretation of the label, because La Selva is a lowland site between 50 and 150m elevation.
Lattke, J. E. 1997. Revisi—n del gŽnero Apterostigma Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Arq. Zool. (S‹o Paulo) 34:121-221.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 40 times found in montane wet forest, 32 times found in mature wet forest, 9 times found in wet forest, 11 times found in tropical rainforest, 11 times found in lowland rainforest, 9 times found in mesophil forest, 8 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 1 times found in LOC, 3 times found in montane rainforest, 1 times found in bare soil around house, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 93 times ex sifted leaf litter, 25 times Hojarasca, 4 times at bait, 1 times helecho muerto, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter on ground, 1 times nocturnal foragers, 1 times nest on rock face, 1 times nest in clay bank, 1 times leaf litter sample, GIS 1800/900. [examples of each ant species, all parasitica, 1 times in soil, 1 times Wet forest. Ex sifted leaf litter., ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 65 times MiniWinkler, 25 times Mini Winkler, 12 times Winkler, 19 times MaxiWinkler, 4 times search, 5 times Malaise, 4 times baiting, 3 times Berlese.
Elevations: collected from 30 - 1200 meters, 563 meters average