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Related Species in GOMPHIDAE: Number of records for 2022 = 8

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Sable Clubtail (Stenogomphurus rogersi) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Mustached Clubtail   Southern Pygmy Clubtail   Cherokee Clubtail  
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Distribution Mountains only (and apparently into the immediate foothills), throughout the province, as it is a Northern species yet does range into northern GA and AL.
Abundance Uncommon, but somewhat widespread in the mountains, with records for two-thirds of the counties in the province. Very rare to rare in the Piedmont foothills close to the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
Flight A mid-spring to early summer flier; recent occurrences from 9 May to the end of June. Interestingly, older collection dates fall from 17 June to 7 July. Thus, perhaps owing to global warming, the species is flying earlier in recent decades. The overall flight in the state is mid-May to early July.
Habitat Breeds at small and clear, woodland streams, with sand or gravel bottoms.
Behavior Males perch on vegetation or rocks, seldom on the ground, near streams. They often perch in shady places and can be hard to see.
Comments This species is called "secretive" by Dunkle (2000). Records for this clubtail have, thankfully, been increasing in the past few years, presumably owing to more thorough coverage by biologists in the state. Several new counties (Surry, Burke, and Jackson) were documented in 2018, each with photographs. Even so, the N.C. Natural Heritage Program has placed the species on the Watch List, at least until more surveys of montane areas have been done for all odonates. There seem to be enough county records, and total records, to recommend a move of the State Rank from S2S3 to S3. In fact, the Natural Heritage Program moved it to S3 in late 2020.
State Rank S3
State Status W
Global Rank G4
Federal Status
Synonym Gomphus rogersi
Other Name
Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-05 11:02:10

Photo Gallery for Sable Clubtail   33 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: P Dixon

Comment: Haywood, 2022-07-12, Harmon Den meadows near horse camp, 35.761858680047766, -82.98522559935496
Photo 2 by: Tom Howe

Comment: Swain, 2022-06-06, resting on vegetation overhanging Hazel Creek at campsite #86
Photo 3 by: Tom Howe

Comment: Swain, 2022-06-06, resting on vegetation overhanging Hazel Creek at campsite #86
Photo 4 by: Kristin Wyatt

Comment: Ashe, 2022-06-03,
Photo 5 by: Kristin Wyatt

Comment: Ashe, 2022-06-03,
Photo 6 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-05-31, Charlie's Branch, Bluff Community
Photo 7 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-05-22, Meadowfork, in creek sections adjacent to fields
Photo 8 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-04-19, Davis Branch, Hot Springs area
Photo 9 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-03-29, Stenogomphurus rogersi, 3/29/22, Bluff Community, Charley Branch, Female Captured in silt beside an eddy, with plants and grass roots adjacent. After a week in captivity adult emerged and was released. F0 MtTWL:HW 1.26. OAL 28. AL 17mm. AW 9.3mm. Distal Premental Width 3.5mm. Epiproct Length 1.35mm. Ligula Narrow, slightly convex, with a single medial tooth. Palps 9 teeth both sides. Middorsal Hooks S9 small, S8 tiny. Anterolateral Sclerite S7, S8. Posterolateral Hooks S6-10.
Photo 10 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-03-29, Stenogomphurus rogersi, 3/29/22, Bluff Community, Charley Branch, Female Captured in silt beside an eddy, with plants and grass roots adjacent. After a week in captivity adult emerged and was released. F0 MtTWL:HW 1.26. OAL 28. AL 17mm. AW 9.3mm. Distal Premental Width 3.5mm. Epiproct Length 1.35mm. Ligula Narrow, slightly convex, with a single medial tooth. Palps 9 teeth both sides. Middorsal Hooks S9 small, S8 tiny. Anterolateral Sclerite S7, S8. Posterolateral Hooks S6-10.
Photo 11 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-03-29, Stenogomphurus rogersi, 3/29/22, Bluff Community, Charley Branch, Female Captured in silt beside an eddy, with plants and grass roots adjacent. After a week in captivity adult emerged and was released. F0 MtTWL:HW 1.26. OAL 28. AL 17mm. AW 9.3mm. Distal Premental Width 3.5mm. Epiproct Length 1.35mm. Ligula Narrow, slightly convex, with a single medial tooth. Palps 9 teeth both sides. Middorsal Hooks S9 small, S8 tiny. Anterolateral Sclerite S7, S8. Posterolateral Hooks S6-10.
Photo 12 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-05-17, Hot Springs area
Photo 13 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02
Photo 14 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2020-06-02, Stone Mountain State Park; photo by K. Kittelberger
Photo 15 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2019-06-03, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Big Sandy Creek behind campsite #43. - Males.
Photo 16 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2019-06-03, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Big Sandy Creek behind campsite #43. - Males.
Photo 17 by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-13, River Road, Murray Branch Meadows
Photo 18 by: Pete Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-13, River Road, Murray Branch Meadows
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2019-05-09, River Road North of Hot Springs
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek. First record for county
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields, John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-26, Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest - along Panthertown Creek. First record for county
Photo 22 by: Chuck Smith and John Petranka

Comment: Burke; M, 2018-06-07, Linville River at Linville River Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 316.5 - Female. Perched on vegetation bordering field adjacent to Linville River.
Photo 23 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Surry, 2018-05-22, Grassy Creek at Pilot Knob Park Lane and nearby field - Young female; first county record
Photo 24 by: John Petranka

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2017-05-31, Stone Mountain State Park (STMO). Stone Mountain Creek, roadside pulloff ca. 100 meters east of Lower Trailhead parking area. North side of road. - Males. Alighting repeatedly on low creekside vegetation in dappled shade.
Photo 25 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2015-06-15, male; West Buffalo Creek, 0.2 mile above Huffman Creek Road
Photo 26 by: Tim Deering

Comment: Buncombe, 2015-06-06, Small creek off Lower Flat Creek.
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2014-05-27, Biltmore Estate, Asheville - Female
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2014-05-27, Biltmore Estate, Asheville - Female
Photo 29 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2014-05-27, Biltmore Estate, Asheville - Female
Photo 30 by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Alleghany, 2010-06-22