Allocnemis cyanura (Förster, 1909)
Blue-tipped Yellowwing


  • scientific: Isomecocnemis cyanura

Type locality: Cameroon, no locality data available.


Male is the only Allocnemis species that combines (1) all black labrum; (2) anal vein that ends already at distal border of quadrilateral; (3) tibiae yellow, anterior side of fore and mid pair darkened; (4) dorsum of S9-10 and cerci blue; (5) cerci extend just beyond paraprocts. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly seeps and springs, but also headwater streams, shaded by forest. Usually with coarse detritus and mostly a soft (like muddy) bottom. From 0 to 900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo-Brazzaville; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon

Male © Nicolas Meziere

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.


  • Förster, F. (1909). Beiträge zu Gattungen und Arten der Libellen. Jahrbüchern des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde in Wiesbaden, 62, 211-235.
  • Fraser, F.C. (1954). New and rare species of Zygoptera from the Belgian Congo. Revue Zoologie Botanique Africaines, 50, 269-276. [PDF file]
  • Aguesse, P. (1966). Contribution à la faune de Congo (Brazzaville) Mission A. Villiers et A. Descarpentries XXI. Odonates. Bulletin de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique, 28, 783-797. [PDF file]

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