Medium sized species with a distinctively club-shaped abdomen.

Males: green and black.

Females and immature males: black and yellow.



Where to See

Latin NameGomphus vulgatissimus

Riverine species typically associated with moderate to slow flowing water. It breeds in unpolluted, meandering rivers, which have a depositional nature.


Recreational use of rivers and excessive/unsympathetic river dredging and maintenance together with water pollution and habitat loss are among the threats to this species.

Status & Distribution

Very localised on rivers in England and Wales including the Thames, Arun, Dee, Severn, Wye and Teifi.

Similar Species

Unlikely to be confused with any other UK species.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 50mm
  • Medium sized with a distinctively club-shaped abdomen.
  • Eyes do not touch on top of the head.
  • Males: mainly black with extensive green markings and yellow spots near the end of the abdomen.
  • Females and immature males: mainly black with extensive yellow markings.
Flight PeriodCommon Clubtail