Gomphus pulchellus 

Scope: Global & Europe
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Gomphidae

Scientific Name: Gomphus pulchellus 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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.
Countries occurrence:
Andorra; Austria; Belgium; France (France (mainland)); Germany; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Spain (Spain (mainland)); Switzerland
Croatia; Italy (Italy (mainland))
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:2000-10000
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Population [top]

Population:The species is generally common throughout its range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

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.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.4. Wetlands (inland) - Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.7. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.1. Artificial/Aquatic - Water Storage Areas (over 8ha)
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.2. Artificial/Aquatic - Ponds (below 8ha)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.5. Artificial/Aquatic - Excavations (open)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.9. Artificial/Aquatic - Canals and Drainage Channels, Ditches
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

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Bibliography [top]

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

Citation: Boudot, J.-P. 2010. Gomphus pulchellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T158704A5267244. . Downloaded on 21 August 2018.
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