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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide

Image of An adult male sable clubtail.Zoom+ An adult male sable clubtail. © Allen Barlow

Sable clubtail

Gomphus rogersi

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern



Approximately 2.2” in length, the sable clubtail has green eyes and black facial stripes. The abdomen is slender and lacks a well developed club. There are short pale-green frontal stripes and black shoulder stripes on the thorax. The wings are amber-tipped. Females have more yellow coloration and a wider abdomen.

Image of Range of the sable clubtail in New Jersey.Zoom+ Range of the sable clubtail in New Jersey.


New Jersey is at the northern edge of the sable clubtail’s range. They are found in only the most northern New Jersey counties along small rocky streams.


Predatory larvae and adults feed on other invertebrates.


Sable clubtail adults are active from late May to late June.


Due to it rarity in New Jersey the sable clubtail is considered a species of Special Concern in the state.

Text derived from the book, Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey. 2009. By Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden and Jim Bangma. Edited and updated by Larissa Smith in 2011.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
       Class: Insecta
          Order: Odonata
             Family: Gomphidae
                Genus: Gomphus
                   Species: G. rogersi

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