Allocnemis superba (Schmidt, 1951)
Superb Yellowwing


  • scientific: Chlorocnemis marshalli Ris, 1912 ssp. superba

Type locality: westl. V. Ruwenzori, N.W. Beni, DRC


Male is similar to A. marshalli by (a) head black posterior to antennae; (b) labrum all blue; (c) dorsum of middle lobe of prothorax largely black; (d) dorsum of S4-5 largely or entirely black; (e) S9-10 marked with blue; (f) appendages all black; (g) cerci (slightly) shorter than paraprocts. However, differs by (1) ranging from W Uganda and W Tanzania to C DRC; (2) blue on frons extends to anterior ocellus; (3) middle lobe of prothorax dorsally black, rather than with dorsally blue spots; (4) S8 at most with small dorsal blue spot, S3-7 dorsally all black. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Mostly headwaters, but also larger streams, shaded by forest. Probably often with coarse detritus and a gravelly and/or sandy bottom. From 400 to 1900 m above sea level.


confirmed: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Tanzania; 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):

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Province Orientale, Ubundu Road © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Schmidt, E. (1951). Über neue und weniger bekannte afrikanische Platycnemididen (Odon.). Mitteilungen Muenchner Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 41, 217-240. [PDF file]

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