Allocnemis abbotti (Calvert, 1892)
Eastern Yellowwing


  • scientific: Chlorocnemis abbotti

Type locality: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


Male is similar to A. maccleeryi by (a) head black posterior to antennae; (b) head and thorax marked orange and greenish; (c) dorsum of middle lobe of prothorax largely black; (d) dorsum of S4-5 largely or entirely black; (e) S9-10 marked with orange; (f) paraprocts and cerci pale; (g) cerci (slightly) shorter than paraprocts. However, differs by (1) ranging from S Kenya to E Tanzania; (2) smaller size, Hw 21-25 mm; (3) labrum usually all black, but occasionally with yellow centre; (4) lobes of penis laterally rounded rather than sickle-shaped. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Headwater streams shaded by forest. Often with a gravelly and/or probably sandy bottom and coarse detritus. From 200 to 2000 m above sea level.


confirmed: Kenya; Tanzania

© KD Dijkstra

Body (lateral view)

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.

Barcode specimen(s):

Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Tanzania, Tanga Region, East Usambara Mts © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Calvert, P.P. (1892). Preliminary notes on some African Odonata. Transactions American Entomological Society, 19, 161-164. [PDF file]
  • Schmidt, E. (1951). Über neue und weniger bekannte afrikanische Platycnemididen (Odon.). Mitteilungen Muenchner Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 41, 217-240. [PDF file]
  • Sjöstedt, Y. (1909). Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der schwedischen zoologischen Expedition nach dem Kilimandjaro, dem Meru und den umgebenden Massaisteppen Deutsch-Ostafrikas 1905-1906 unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Yngve Sjöstedt. 14. Pseudoneuroptera. Odonata, 14, 1-52.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-23].