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Gomphus pulchellus

• Scientific name: Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
• English name: Western Clubtail
• German name: Westliche Keiljungfer
• French name: Gomphe joli
• Dutch name: Plasrombout
• Swedish name: Smal klubbslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Gonfo d'Oltralpe
• Czech name: klínatka západní
• Slovenian name: Zahodni porečnik
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 47-50 mm
• Hindwing: 27-31 mm

Gomphus pulchellus

Distribution map

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

The Western Clubtail is so called because its distribution is indeed limited to Western Europe (principally Iberia, France, Germany and the Benelux). As with all species of the genus Gomphus its eyes are widely separated. Gomphus pulchellus is a smallish dragonfly. It's one of the yellowest gomphids in Europe; its thorax sports only the thinnest of black lines, while a yellow line covers all 10 segments of the abdomen dorsally. Also, it's the only gomphid species in our area which has four complete - albeit thin - black lines on the side of the thorax. The male's abdomen is not very club-shaped.

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen in dorsal view.

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