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Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

• English name: Common Clubtail
• German name: Gemeine Keiljungfer
• French name: Gomphe vulgaire
• Dutch name: Beekrombout
• Swedish name: Sandflodtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Klubbe-elveøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Aitojokikorento
• Danish name: Almindelig flodguldsmed
• Italian name: Gonfo comune
• Czech name: klínatka obecná
• Slovenian name: Popotni porečnik
• Bulgarian name: Пролетно цигулче

Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Gomphus vulgatissimus

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a medium-sized black-and yellow species, which is fairly common in central and eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Gomphidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gomphids are 'sitters': they spend a lot of time perched on rocks and vegetation
Habitat • slow-flowing rivers and streams with a sandy bottom
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-50 mm; hindwing: 28-33 mm
Both sexesHead➤ like in all other gomphids, the eyes are widely separated
  • in mature animals the eyes are green; in immature animals they are brown
 Thorax• the black lines on the side of the thorax are fairly thick
 Abdomen➤ dorsally S8-S10 are entirely black, without a yellow (or green) mid-dorsal line
 Legs• the legs are all black
MaleThorax• mature males may have a greenish tinge on the thorax
 Abdomen• mature males may have a greenish tinge on the abdomen
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen in dorsal view, and the female's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Female head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) ♂

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Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) ♂

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Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) ♂

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Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) ♀

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