Allocnemis montana (St. Quentin, 1942)
Blue-lipped Yellowwing


  • scientific: Chlorocnemis montana

Type locality: Lupembe Mt, Tanzania


Male is similar to A. mitwabae by (a) head black posterior to antennae; (b) labrum all pale; (c) dorsum of middle lobe of prothorax largely black; (d) tibiae black, anterior side of mid and hind pair whitish or blue; (e) dorsum of S4-5 largely or entirely black; (f) dorsum of S9-10 and cerci orange; (g) cerci extend just beyond paraprocts. However, differs by (1) more widespread and ranging from S Tanzania to N Malawi; (2) labrum and anterior side of tibiae blue, rather than pale yellow and whitish (respectively); (3) anal vein terminates proximal or just distal to node, 1-2 cells beyond quadrilateral. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014; this diagnosis not yet verified by author]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably headwater streams shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 1000 to 1600 m above sea level.


confirmed: Malawi; Tanzania

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.


  • St. Quentin, D. (1942). Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Insektenfauna Deutsch-Ostafrikas, insbesondere des Matengo-Hochlandes. Ergebnisse einer Sammelreise H. Zernys 1935/36. IV. Odonata.: Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B, 52,106-116. [PDF file]
  • Schmidt, E. (1951). Über neue und weniger bekannte afrikanische Platycnemididen (Odonata). Mitteilungen Muenchner Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 41, 217-240. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2024-07-25].