Allocnemis maccleeryi (Pinhey, 1969)
Ntchisi Yellowwing


  • scientific: Chlorocnemis montana St. Quentin, 1942 ssp. maccleeryi

Type locality: Mt Nchisi, Malawi


Male is similar to A. abbotti 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) restricted to Mt Ntchisi, C Malawi; (2) larger size, Hw 25-28 mm; (3) labrum always black with yellow centre; (4) lobes of penis laterally sickle-shaped rather than rounded. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Not known, but probably headwater streams shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus. Inferred to occur from 1100 to 1700 m above sea level.


confirmed: Malawi

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.


  • Pinhey, E. C. G. (1969). A revision of the genus Chlorocnemis Selys (Odonata). Occasional Papers National Museums Rhodesia B Natural Science, 4, 209-260. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. [2018-05-26].