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Gomphe de Gené (Paragomphus genei)

• Scientific name: Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841)
• English name: Green Hooktail
• German name: Grüne Sandjungfer
• French name: Gomphe de Gené
• Dutch name: Groene haaklibel
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Gonfo uncinato
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: N/A
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 37-50 mm
• Hindwing: 21-26 mm

Gomphe de Gené (Paragomphus genei)

Distribution map

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

The Green Hooktail takes its common name from the male's long, downward-curved upper appendages, which it combines with broad flaps along S8 and S9. In a subtle way it's quite a garish species; from a distance it may look a mottled, drab brown, but get up close and you'll see a marvellous array of colours: a sandy-brown abdomen with yellow, beige and black stripes, spots and patches; a green thorax with brown stripes; a yellow costa; blue eyes and green pterostigmas. Paragomphus genei, like other gomphids, perches often and long and is fairly easily approachable. It's an African species with just a few outposts in the Mediterranean, notably in Iberia and on Sardinia. We made our photographs of this species in the Extremadura region of Central Spain and, more recently, in Southern Spain and in Tunisia.

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

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