Allocnemis nigripes (Selys, 1886)
Rainbow Yellowwing


  • scientific: Chlorocnemis nigripes

Type locality: Barombi station, Cameroon


Male is similar to A. contraria by (a) head with pair of large orange spots posterior to antennae, rather than being all black; (b) almost entire dorsum of S3-4 and often S5 too brightly coloured, rather than largely or entirely black. However, differs by (1) dorsum of middle and hind lobe of prothorax orange, rather than partly to entirely black; (2) dorsum of S3-4 and often S5 too blue with maturity, rather than S3-6 and often S7 too orange to red. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly headwater streams, but also larger streams, seeps and springs, shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus and often a gravelly, sandy and/or soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly between 300 and 1100.


confirmed: Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Nigeria; Uganda

Male © Hans-Joachim Clausnitzer

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):

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Adult, male; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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