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Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

• English name: Common Clubtail
• German name: Gemeine Keiljungfer
• French name: Gomphe vulgaire
• Dutch name: Beekrombout
• Swedish name: Sandklubbslända
• Norwegian name: Klubbe-elveøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Aitojokikorento
• Danish name: Almindelig flodguldsmed
• Italian name: Gonfo comune
• Czech name: klínatka obecná
• Slovenian name: Popotni porečnik
• Bulgarian name: Пролетно цигулче

Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

Distribution map Gomphus vulgatissimus

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 is fairly common in Central and Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Gomphidae
Scientific name Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gomphids are 'sitters': they spend a lot of time perched on rocks and vegetation
Habitat • slow-flowing rivers and streams with a sandy bottom
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-50 mm; hindwing: 28-33 mm
Both sexesHead➤ like in all other gomphids, the eyes are widely separated
  • in mature animals the eyes are green; in immature animals they are brown
 Thorax• the black lines on the side of the thorax are fairly thick
 Abdomen➤ dorsally S8-S10 are entirely black, without a yellow (or green) mid-dorsal line
 Legs• the legs are all black
MaleThorax• mature males may have a greenish tinge on the thorax
 Abdomen• mature males may have a greenish tinge on the abdomen
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany

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

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

Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Female head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus) ♂

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Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus) ♂

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