Nothing is known about the biology of Aenictus shillongensis.
Mathew and Tiwari (2000) - Aenictus shillongensis comes closer to Aenictus punensis, but can be differentiated by its mandibular construction and the sculpture of the thorax and that of the nodes of pedicel.
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Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- shillongensis. Aenictus shillongensis Tiwari, in Mathew & Tiwari, 2000: 266, fig. 9 (w.) INDIA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Holotype: TL 2.92; HL 0.68; HW 0.55; CI 81; SL 0.58; SI 105; ThL 0.89.
Head smooth, polished and shining, broader anteriorly; mandibles triangular, masticatory margin with five indistinct denticles; pilosity fairly abundant, long, recumbent; antennae stout; thorax punctate-rugose, densely sculptured on the meso and metanotum; apical portion of metanotum concave, bordered by a carina; anterior node of pedicel viewed from above cylindrical, punctate, with an appendix beneath; abdomen smooth, polished and shining; legs stout. Colour reddish brown.
Paratype workers: TL 2.82-3.00; HL 0.66-0.68; HW 0.55-0.58; CI 81-85; SL 0.55-0.61; SI 100-105; TbL 0.89-0.92.
Similar to holotype.
Holotype worker: India: Meghalaya, (East Kbasi hills), Shillong, Risa Colony, 25.vii.75, Coli. R. Mathew. Paratype workers: 6 exs, with the same collection data as the holotype.
Note (Lubertazzi 2018): it is stated in the publication where this description was published that "The present work is based on the material collected and deposited at the Zoological Survery of India, Eastern Regional Station, Shillong, and the Headquarters at Calcutta" with the latter presumably referring to the Zoological Survey of India headquarters. The types of this species can presumably be found in either or both of these collections.