Medium sized species with a distinctively club-shaped abdomen.

Males: black and yellow/ lime green.

Females: black and yellow.




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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 river banks during the emergence period.
  • Excessive/unsympathetic river dredging.
  • Water pollution.
  • Riparian woodland deforestation.
Status & Distribution

Listed as Near Threatened in the British Odonata Red List 2008.

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

Similar Species

The club-shaped body means this species is unlikely to be confused with any other UK species.


Common Clubtail Management Profile 

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

Distinct squat, flat body shape.

Pointed face.