Paragini, with the single genus Paragus, is a compact and distinctive group occurring in all continents other than South America and Antarctica. Paragus species are small, slender to moderately robust, with thorax black or with apex of scutellum pale, and abdomen usually extensively red-orange to entirely black. Paragus has postpronotum bare, antenna short, anterior anepisternum bare, abdomen parallel-side, face yellow in background colour, metaepisternum bare, scutum black laterally, at most with a poorly defined yellow polinose vitta, and metasternum bare.
The subgenus Afroparagus sensu Vujic et al. (2008) has eyes with vittae of shorter pile; face with distinct facial tubercle; scutum without polinose, submedian vittae; scutellum without conspicuous teeth on posterior margin, rhomboidal; wing hyaline with extremely reduced microtrichia; spurious vein ending before meeting point of vein M1 with vein DM; abdomen very short and rounded; terga 1–5 completely fused, at least laterally; the posterior margins of terga 3 (female) and tergite 4 (in both sexes) visible except laterally; male genitalia: postgonite curved anterior and posteriorly; ejaculatory apodeme with three apical ridges; minis large, lateral arms of minis short; epandrium in narrower part half the length of cercus; lateral lobe of aedeagus not fused with aedeagal apodeme; aedeagal apodeme with dorsal structure extremely developed, with spines and reduced lateral arms; aedeagus in lateral view slightly asymmetrical, ‘amphora-like’.