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Oecophylla longinoda variety annectens HNS , new variety

Worker very similar to the typical form but brown instead of ferruginous, the gaster sometimes slightly darker than the remainder of the body. Mandibles, except in the small workers, darker brown than the front, cheeks, and clypeus. Incrassated tips of antennal scapes with a dark brown spot; funiculi, knees, tarsi, and tips of tibiae pale yellow; pulvilli black.

Female brown, instead of green and brown like the typical longinoda HNS , with darker brown markings on the thorax. Second and following gastric segments with the basal bands velvety black, so that the gaster is distinctly fasciate. Funiculi, tips of scapes, tibiae, tarsi, and vertex paler, more reddish brown. Wings slightly darker than in the typical form, with deeper brown margins to the veins.

Male darker brown than the worker. Mandibles, antennae, tarsi, and articulations of legs brownish yellow; last tarsal joint black. Wings distinctly paler than in the female.

Described from long series of specimens from the following places: Avakubi (type locality), [[worker]], [[queen]], [[male]]; Stanleyville, [[worker]]; Niangara, [[worker]] (Lang and Chapin); Malela, [[worker]] (J. Bequaert).

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