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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)

• English name: Green Snaketail
• German name: Grüne Flussjungfer
• French name: Gomphe serpentin
• Dutch name: Gaffellibel
• Swedish name: Grön flodtrollslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Kirjojokikorento
• Danish name: Grøn kølleguldsmed
• Italian name: Gonfo serpentino
• Czech name: klínatka rohatá
• Slovenian name: Kačji potočnik
• Bulgarian name: Зеленогръдо цигулче

Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Ophiogomphus cecilia

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


General • a medium-sized green, black and yellow species which occurs mainly in central and eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Gomphidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • gomphids are 'sitters': they spend a lot of time perched on rocks and vegetation
  ➤ unmistakable: the only gomphid in Europe that combines green, yellow and black
Habitat • slow-flowing rivers with a sandy bottom
Dimensions • typical body length: 50-60 mm; hindwing: 30-36 mm
Both sexesHead➤ like in all other gomphids, the eyes are widely separated
  • the eyes and head are green
 Thorax• the thorax is green with thin black lines on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with large yellow dorsal spots
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Bavaria

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

Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
Male head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♀

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♂

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♂

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♂

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♂

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♂

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Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) ♂

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