Description

Medium sized species with a distinctively club-shaped abdomen.

Males: green and black with yellow markings

Females: black and yellow.

 

 

 

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Latin NameGomphus vulgatissimus
Habitat

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

Threats
  • Recreational use of rivers and river banks during the emergence period.
  • Excessive/unsympathetic river dredging.
  • Water pollution.
  • Riparian woodland deforestation.
Status & Distribution

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.

Management

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.