Ceratina (Simioceratina) are strongly punctate bees with black integument, sometimes with pale markings that are limited to the head, pronotal lobes, and legs. Their body length varies between 5–8 mm (Michener 2007).
Ceratina (Simioceratina) resemble species of Ceratina (Ctenoceratina) because both have apical rows of coarse setae on metasomal terga and sterna. Ceratina (Simioceratina) differ from the latter subgenus by their strongly convex and elevated scutellum, the posterior part of which is steeply declivous, and leads into the nearly vertical metanotum and propodeum (Eardley and Daly 2007).
Sinébou et al. (2016) reported that around 60% of Ceratina (Simioceratina) visiting the tree Vitex doniana (Verbenaceae) carried monospecific pollen loads of this plant. There are unconfirmed reports of this subgenus visiting Sida acuta (Malvaceae), introduced Lamium sp. (Lamiaceae), Rhododendron sp. (Ericaceae), and Antigonon leptopus (Polygonaceae).
Ceratina (Simioceratina) species have been found nesting in the dry stems and branches of species in a number of plant families including Asphodelaceae, Bignoniaceae, Fabaceae, Malvaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Verbenaceae (Daly and Moure 1988). Ceratina (Simioceratina) moerenhouti has been found nesting in aggregation in grass roof thatches made of Hyparrhenia dissoluta (Poaceae) (Daly and Moure 1988).
Ceratina (Simioceratina) includes three species (Daly 1988).
There are no known invasives.
Ceratina (Simioceratina) are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa (Michener 2007).