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Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)

• Scientific name: Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
• English name: Small Pincertail
• German name: Kleine Zangenlibelle
• French name: Gomphe à forceps
• Dutch name: Kleine tanglibel
• Swedish name: Stentångtrollslända
• Norwegian name: Tang-elveøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Pihtijokikorento
• Danish name: Lille tangguldsmed
• Italian name: Gonfo forcipato
• Czech name: klínatka vidlitá
• Slovenian name: Bledi peščenec
• Bulgarian name: Щипесто цигулче
• Typical length: 46-50 mm
• Hindwing: 25-30 mm

Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)

Distribution map

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

The Small Pincertail is indeed marginally smaller than its stable mate the Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus). More importantly, though, Onychogomphus forcipatus is very much the more common and widespread species of the two. Its range extends from Southern Scandinavia all the way down to the Mediterranean, although the species is absent from the British Isles. At any type of running water here in Italy it's quite common to see a male Small Pincertail perched on a rock in the so-called obelisk position. The species' most distinguishing features include its grey-to-green eyes (as opposed to O. uncatus' blue eyes), and the relatively narrow, wavy black stripes on the side of the thorax, the first of which meets up with the dark dorsal stripe. This and a further difference (viz. the presence of a yellow bar on the vortex in O. forcipatus and the absence of such a bar in O. uncatus) are illustrated here.

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

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