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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)

• English name: Western Clubtail
• German name: Westliche Keiljungfer
• French name: Gomphe joli
• Dutch name: Plasrombout
• Swedish name: Smal klubbslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: Vestlig flodguldsmed
• Italian name: Gonfo d'Oltralpe
• Czech name: klínatka západní
• Slovenian name: Zahodni porečnik
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)

Distribution map Gomphus pulchellus

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


General • a medium-sized black-and yellow species which occurs only in (South-)Western Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Gomphidae
Scientific name Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gomphids are 'sitters': they spend a lot of time perched on rocks and vegetation
  ➤ the yellow colouration is often less vibrant in this species than in its congeners
Habitat • (riverine) ponds, lakes, gravel pits and reservoirs
Dimensions • typical body length: 47-50 mm; hindwing: 27-31 mm
Both sexesHead➤ like in all other gomphids, the eyes are widely separated
 Thorax➤ the four black lines on the side of the thorax are thin but complete, including the one on the mesometapleural suture; no other European Gomphus species has all four lines complete
  • the antehumeral stripe is very wide
 Legs• the legs are black with extensive yellow lines on the tibiae and femura
MaleAbdomen• compared to its congeners the abdomen is not very club-shaped
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Spain

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen in dorsal view.

Gomphus pulchellus; thorax, male
Note in particular that the mesometapleural stripe is complete, which is unique in a European Gomphus species.

Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr454 31/05/2010 12:45 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr455 07/06/2015 13:59 Spain F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♀

3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr456 21/07/2009 13:07 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr457 09/06/2015 16:24 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr458 31/05/2010 15:28 Spain F8 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ⚤

6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr470 12/06/2012 10:05 Spain F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr471 01/06/2010 12:15 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr472 10/05/2010 10:59 France F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr618 03/06/2017 17:57 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♀

10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr796 03/06/2010 11:26 Spain F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ⚤

11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr839 03/06/2017 18:07 Spain F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ⚤

12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr840 12/06/2012 10:18 Spain F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ⚤

13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr841 03/06/2017 18:07 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr842 03/06/2017 18:30 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr843 05/06/2010 09:26 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1037 13/06/2015 12:18 Spain F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♀

17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1042 03/05/2009 13:57 Netherlands F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1050 13/05/2009 12:54 Germany F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1051 13/05/2009 12:59 Germany F5.6 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1226 09/06/2017 17:27 Spain F10 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF