Known from litter collections and rotten wood on the ground. Occurs in a range of wet forest types.
Bolton (2000) - A member of the Strumigenys szalayi-group. Resembling a larger, more attenuated version of Strumigenys szalayi, but with the differences noted below and in the key. Most specimens have no differentiated anterior face to the node but a poorly defined oblique face is developed in the specimens from near Vanimo (2 workers). These workers have the flagellate gastral pilosity of stemonixys and are retained as that species for the present.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- stemonixys. Strumigenys stemonixys Brown, 1971c: 81, figs. 2, 4 (w.) PALAU IS. See also: Bolton, 2000: 906.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Bolton (2000) - TL 3.9, HL 1.14, HW 0.75, CI 66, ML 0.62, MI 54, SL 0.80, SI 107, PW 0.38, AL 1.00. With head in profile the postocular concavity in the vetrolateral margin broad and conspicuous; in same view dorsal outline of head broadly concave from highest point of vertex to near occipital margin. Propodeum with a pair of long slender elevated spines, their length easily twice the distance separating their bases. Side of alitrunk reticulate-punctate, with a small un sculptured patch on katepisternum. Hairs on first gastral tergite sparse, those near apical margin long and flagellate, those near base may be flagellate but often are not; hairs on second tergite flagellate. These flagellate hairs contrast with the hairs on the postpetiole which are simple, stiff and relatively short. Petiole long and slender, node in profile usually without a differentiated anterior face; dorsal outline of the peduncle and node forming a single broad shallow curve (see notes below). Colour dull yellow to light brownish yellow, gaster glossy dark brown.
Holotype worker, (B. P. Bishop Museum) a unique taken by means of Berlese funnel at 65 m altitude, E. Ngatpang. Babelthuap Island, Palau Group, western Carolines, 8 July, 1952, J. L. Gressitt.
Bolton (2000) - Holotype worker, PALAUIS: Babelthuap I., E Ngatpang, 56 m., 8.vii.1952 (J. L. Gressitt) (Bernice P. Bishop Museum) [not seen].
- Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028. (page 906, redescription of worker)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1971c. The Indo-Australian species of the ant genus Strumigenys: group of szalayi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pp. 73-86 in: Asahina, S., et al. (eds.) Entomological essays to commemorate the retirement of Professor K. Yasumatsu. Tokyo: Hokuryukan Publishing Co. PDF (page 81, figs. 2, 4 worker described)