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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae)

• English name: Faded Pincertail
• German name: Braune Zangenlibelle
• French name: Gomphe de Coste
• Dutch name: Moorse tanglibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: N/A
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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae)

Distribution map Onychogomphus costae

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


General ➤ a fairly small, pale-coloured species which in Europe occurs only in Iberia
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Gomphidae
Scientific name Onychogomphus costae Selys, 1885
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gomphids are 'sitters': they spend a lot of time perched on rocks and vegetation
  • an inconspicuous and well-camouflaged species in an arid environment
  ➤ unmistakable (once spotted): the only species with a pincertail and a colouration of off-whites, sandy yellows, beige and brown
Habitat • streams and rivers with a sandy or gravelly bottom
Dimensions • typical body length: 43-46 mm; hindwing: 22-27 mm
Both sexesHead➤ like in all other gomphids, the eyes are widely separated
MaleAbdomen• the upper appendages are much longer than the deeply incised lower appendage, while S7 bears a tuft of white hairs underneath
Photographs • our photos below were made in Valencia, Aragon and Andalusia

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

Faded Pincertail (Onychogomphus costae)
Male head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♂

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♂

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♀

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♀

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♀

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♀

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♀

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♂

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Moorse tanglibel (Onychogomphus costae) ♂

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