Gomphus septima


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Gomphus septima
Species Authority: Westfall, 1956
Common Name(s):
English Septima's Clubtail

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Abbott, J.C.
Reviewer(s): Donnelly, N., Suhling, F. & Clausnitzer, V. (Odonata Red List Authority)
The recently described subspecies G. s. delawarensis, greatly expands the known range of this species (Donnelly and Carle 2000). The other subspecies, G. s. delawarensis, is probably the more secure of the two because of its wide distribution throughout the Delaware River drainage, a watershed that is almost entirely protected. G. s. septimais known from 12 counties in two states. There may be stable populations in a minority of counties (N. Donnelly pers. comm.).

Because of its expanded known range, the species is downgraded to Least Concern. It has also been rediscovered in Alabama after long-term extirpation and is now known from approximately 16 rivers, most in North Carolina, but also in Alabama (see Krotzer 2002). The Delaware River population could count as four occurrences, but additional surveys may link these occurrences into one continuous occurrence. Adults are difficult to catch at water, thus they are difficult to survey. Co-occurs with the federally endangered Cape Fear Shiner Notropis mekistocholas in the Cape Fear River system of North Carolina. Estimated extent of occurrence is >20,000 km². Although the species currently does not meet any of the thresholds for a threatened listing, pollution and damming of rivers are ongoing threats to the species and it may be slowly declining.
1996 Vulnerable (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)
1988 Rare (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Rare (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the United States.
United States (Alabama, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia)
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Population [top]

Population: Current population size is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Medium to large, clean, rocky rivers with muddy and silty reaches.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Northern population (form, subspecies, or species) occurs in the Delaware River National Recreation Area. Little Cahaba River, Alabama, population is on Nature Conservancy Preserve (Krotzer 2002).

Citation: Abbott, J.C. 2007. Gomphus septima. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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