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The Plagiolepidini are characterized by the following apomorphies (Bolton 2003):
  • Petiole scale inclined anteriorly, petiole with a long posterior peduncle, or both
  • Base of abdominal segment III with complete tergosternal fusion on both sides of helcium; free tergite and sternite commence well away from the helcium, up the sclerite
  • Anterior face of abdominal segment III overhangs at least the posterior peduncle of the petiole


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