Specimens have been collected from a litter sample in a upland woodland and from a hickory nut. The type series was reported to be from (Brown 1950) "a small colony-series taken in a pine woods near Landon, Mississippi."
Bolton (2000) - A member of the Strumigenys rostrata-group. In general appearance bunki is very similar to Strumigenys creightoni (see the species identification section of creightoni for more discussion of comparative features) of the pulchella-group, and the two have frequently been found confused in collections. The diastema is always long (distinctly longer than basal tooth length) in creightoni, and the basal row of teeth numbers 4; of these the second tooth from the base is longer than the third. In bunki the diastema is shorter than the length of the basal tooth and there are 5 principal teeth in the basal mandibular row, of which the third tooth from the base is the longest, distinctly longer than the second.
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Brown (1964) - A dealate female comes from Duval Co., 15 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida on March 28, 1927 (T. H. Hubbell leg.).
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- bunki. Smithistruma (Smithistruma) bunki Brown, 1950b: 41, pl. 3, figs. 2, 3 (w.) U.S.A. Brown, 1953g: 83 (q.). Combination in Pyramica: Bolton, 1999: 1673; in Strumigenys: Baroni Urbani & De Andrade, 2007: 116. See also: Bolton, 2000: 125.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Bolton (2000) - TL 2.0-2.2, HL 0.54-0.59, HW 0.37-0.39, CI 64-69, ML 0.09-0.11, MI 16-20, SL 0.26-0.29, SI 70-76, PW 0.24-0.26, AL 0.50-0.55 (10 measured).
Mandibles at full closure with a small basal gap; diastema shorter than length of basal tooth. Anterior clypeal margin transverse or its median section extremely feebly concave. Eye with 3-4 ommatidia in the longest row. Clypeal dorsum with small appressed spatulate to spoon-shaped hairs that are much smaller than those that fringe the lateral margins. Cephalic dorsum behind clypeus with larger broadly spatulate to spoon-shaped ground-pilosity, but entirely lacking finer more erect specialised hairs. Dorsolateral margin of head with a row of anteriorly curved spoon-shaped hairs , without freely projecting specialised hairs anywhere along the margin, without an apicoscrobal hair. Pronotal humeral hair varying from recurved and elongate-spatulate to almost filiform (this variation can be noted in a single series). Dorsal alitrunk with curved spatulate to spoon-shaped ground-pilosity but without simple standing hairs. First gastral tergite with fine flexuous to flagellate hairs. Hind basitarsus usually without flagellate hairs projecting from the dorsal (outer) surface, but occasionally a specimen with 1-2 such hairs present.
Bolton (2000) - Holotype worker and paratype workers, U.S.A.: Mississippi, Landon (A. C. Cole); paratype workers, U.S.A.: Georgia, Savannah, 16.i.1949 (H. T. Vanderford); Louisiana, Slidell, Bayou Liberty (W.L. Brown); Florida, Putnam Co., Welaka (A. Van Pelt) (Museum of Comparative Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, The Natural History Museum) [examined].
- Baroni Urbani, C. & De Andrade, M.L. 2007. The ant tribe Dacetini: limits and constituent genera, with descriptions of new species. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “G. Doria” 99:1-191.
- Bolton, B. 1999. Ant genera of the tribe Dacetonini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History. 33:1639-1689. PDF (page 1673, Combination in Pyramica)
- Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028. (page 125, catalogue)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1950d. Preliminary descriptions of seven new species of the dacetine ant genus Smithistruma Brown. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 76: 37-45 PDF (page 41, pl. 3, fig. 2, 3 worker described)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary studies in the ant tribe Dacetini. American Midland Naturalist. 50:1-137. PDF (page 83, queen described)
- Deyrup, M.; Johnson, C.; Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1989. A preliminary list of the ants of Florida. Fla. Entomol. 72: 91-101 (page 98, catalogue)