Phanogomphus exilis

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Phanogomphus exilis
Lancet Clubtail.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Gomphidae
Genus: Phanogomphus
P. exilis
Binomial name
Phanogomphus exilis
(Selys, 1854)

Phanogomphus exilis, the lancet clubtail, is a species of dragonfly in the family Gomphidae widespread and common throughout southern Manitoba, Ontario, and the northeastern United States.[2][3][4]

The adults are approximately 4.3 cm (1.7 in) long. The males claspers are 'lancet' shaped, hence the common name. The body is black with green stripes on the thorax and green triangles on the abdomen. The last two abdominal segments have yellow patches on the outer edges.[5]

Their flight period is from June to July.[5]

The IUCN conservation status of Phanogomphus exilis is "LC", least concern, with no immediate threat to the species' survival. The population is stable. The IUCN status was reviewed in 2018.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Phanogomphus exilis Red List status". IUCN Red List. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  2. ^ Ware, Jessica L.; Pilgrim, Erik; May, Michael L.; Donnelly, Thomas W.; et al. (2017). "Phylogenetic relationships of North American Gomphidae and their close relatives". Systematic Entomology. 42. doi:10.1111/syen.12218.
  3. ^ "Odonata Central". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  4. ^ "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound. 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  5. ^ a b Mead, Kurt. (2009) Dragonflies of the North Woods, Second Edition, Duluth, MN:Kollath+Stensaas Publ.