Strumigenys godeffroyi is a minute reddish species with a triangular head, linear mandibles, six-segmented antennae with a two-segmented antennal club, antennal scrobes, spongiform appendages on the propodeum and waist, and flagellate hairs on the dorsal surfaces of the mesosoma, waist and gaster. Like all myrmicines, S. godeffroyi also has a two-segmented waist and a gaster armed with a sting. Strumigenys godeffroyi is not known to cause significant damage to ecological or agricultural system, and is mostly restricted the forests. It is a relatively rare ant, despite its widespread distribution across the Pacific. The species is most commonly collected from forest leaf litter and is rarely seen foraging on the surface.