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Yellow-striped hunter dragonfly05.jpg
Austrogomphus guerini
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Gomphidae

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Gomphus vulgatissimus, showing the "clubbed" abdomen characteristic of the family
The common club-tail Gomphus vulgatissimus head with separate eyes.

The Gomphidae are a family in the Odonata commonly referred to as clubtail dragonflies; it contains about 90 genera and 900 species. The name refers to the club-like widening of the end of the abdomen (abdominal segments 7 through 9). However, this club is usually less pronounced in females and is entirely absent in some species.

Paragomphus lineatus, male
Paragomphus lineatus, female

Clubtails have widely separated eyes, a trait they share with the Petaluridae and with damselflies. Adults are usually from 40 to 70 mm in length.

Most gomphids breed in streams or rivers.


The name may be derived from Latin gomphus or gond meaning hinge.



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