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Species Phanogomphus descriptus - Harpoon Clubtail

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Gomphidae (Clubtails)
Genus Phanogomphus
Species descriptus (Harpoon Clubtail)
Size
50 mm length
Identification
Abdomen slender, barely clubbed, mostly black. Legs black, except streak on rear tibia of female. Eyes dark grayish-green (1). Note distinctive "harpoon-like" cerci of male:
Range
Northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, southward in Appalachians
Habitat
near clear or sandy-bottom streams with silt-bottomed pools (1)
Season
late May to July
Print References
Dunkle, p. 68, plate 7 (1)