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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide

Image of An adult male green-faced clubtail.Zoom+ An adult male green-faced clubtail. © Allen Barlow

Green-faced clubtail

Gomphus viridifrons

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern



Reaching 1.8” in length, the green-faced clubtail has dark green eyes. The face and thorax are a clear grayish-green color. The abdomen is mostly black with yellow spots on the club. Females have no club and pale yellow-green lateral markings on the abdomen.

Image of Range of the green-faced clubtail in New Jersey.Zoom+ Range of the green-faced clubtail in New Jersey.


The green-faced clubtail has only been recorded in Sussex County along the upper Delaware River. Most of the current information from New Jersey comes from exuvial shells except for one recent adult sighing. New Jersey is the eastern edge of this species’ range.


Larvae feed on smaller aquatic insects while the adults hunt insects in flight.


The current information which is limited suggests that adults are active in June.


Due to its rarity in New Jersey the green-faced clubtail is considered a species of Special Concern in New Jersey.

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. viridifrons

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