Harpoon Clubtail Phanogomphus descriptus (Banks, 1896)S1 (Highly state rare)  -  S2 (State rare)  Synonyms: Gomphus descriptus.

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Harpoon Clubtail (Phanogomphus descriptus) is an elongate species of clean, clear streams and small rivers, with sand deposits. P. descriptus is primarily northeastern in distribution, with the core of its range to the north of Maryland (Paulson, 2011). In Maryland, it is known from a handful of locations in Garrett County (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). There is also evidently a specimen record from Baltimore Co. in the Smithsonian collection. This species is ranked as S1 (highly state rare)-S2 (state rare).

There are 2 records in the project database.

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A female Harpoon Clubtail in Garrett County, Maryland (6/4/2011). Photo by Mike Ostrowski. (MBP list)

A Harpoon Clubtail in the Adirondack Mountains, New York (6/28/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

The female genitalia of a Harpoon Clubtail in the Adirondack Mountains, New York (6/28/2008). Steve points out, "Female Harpoon Clubtails are very similar to Beaverpond Clubtails. The shape of the occiput is important for distinction." Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

The male cerci of a Harpoon Clubtail in the Adirondack Mountains, New York (6/28/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)


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