Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Gomphidae

Photo credit: Tang Hung Bun
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum/Division:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Odonata
Family:Gomphidae

Description

This family includes medium to large sized dragonflies. The terminal segments of the slender abdomen are expanded into a more or less distinct club, hence the common name: Clubtails. Males tend to have a larger club than the females. The eyes of all clubtails are small and widely separated. The thorax is usually striped with yellow or green on a black or brown background. Many species are rare, wary, have a restricted range and mostly perch high in trees. Clubtails are usually found near flowing water such as streams and rivers, and are quite susceptible to pollution.

The family occurs worldwide, with over 950 known species, placed in some 90 genera. In Peninsular Malaysia, 35 species have been recorded. Nine species are known from Singapore.



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