Gomphus pulchellus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Gomphus pulchellus
Species Authority: Selys, 1840
Common Name(s):
English Western Clubtail
French Le gomphe gentil, Le Gomphe Joli

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-03
Assessor(s): Boudot, J.-P.
Reviewer(s): Conze, K., Dyatlova, E., Ott, J., Sahlen, G. & Bernard, R.
European regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)
EU 27 regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)

Gomphus pulchellus is fairly common in France, Belgium, part of The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, as well as in the southwestern half of Iberia. It has been expanding during the last half of the century in most of its northern and eastern range. It is not threatened and is assessed as Least Concern in the region.
2009 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Gomphus pulchellus is an European endemic species ranging from the whole of Iberia to the western half of Germany, western Austria and Switzerland. Isolated records from Italy refer to vagrants, the records from Croatia and Slovakia might be erroneous or vagrants.
Andorra; Austria; Belgium; France (France (mainland)); Germany; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Spain (Spain (mainland)); Switzerland
Croatia; Italy (Italy (mainland))
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Population [top]

Population: The species is generally common throughout its range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Gomphus pulchellus reproduces in all kinds of slow and moderately flowing and standing waters, avoiding strong currents. It reproduces also in some peat bogs up to 1,500 m above sea level. It is most common in slow lowland rivers and their backwaters and abandoned gravel pits. The larvae occupy sandy patches, which may be covered with coarse detritus. The adults are found sometimes far from their breeding habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are currently needed.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.1). Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 10 March 2010).

Citation: Boudot, J.-P. 2010. Gomphus pulchellus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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