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Clearlake Clubtail (Phanogomphus australis) by Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry
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distribution The southern Coastal Plain, from Carteret County west to Moore and Richmond counties. As would be surmised from the range, NC lies at the northern edge of the species' range. The Richmond County records (photographs first taken in 2011) extend the range slightly northward, and a record from adjacent Moore County in 2017 extends the range even more to the north. A photographic record in 2013 confirms the species from Bladen County, filling a gap in the former range. A photographic record from Carteret County in 2017 greatly extends the range eastward.
abundance Extremely local, known from only a handful of lakes and ponds in the state; however, not scarce at one or two sites in Richmond County. Range and abundance between the lower Coastal Plain and the Sandhills (Richmond County) is unknown, but SC has no records away from the Sandhills/Fall Line counties. Interestingly, as many as 10 individuals have been seen at the Richmond County site.
flight Fairly early in the season: mid-April to mid-May.
habitat Lakes and ponds with sand bottoms and heavy vegetation, often with lily pads. The primary Richmond County site is a lake adjacent to a fish hatchery, with some dense concentrations of lily pads and other aquatic vegetation, particularly near the dam. The Bladen County record is from a large natural Carolina bay lake. The Carteret County site is a fairly large limesink pond, in otherwise sandy pinelands.
behavior Males perch on lily pads and other vegetation close to the lakes and ponds.
comments Both Dunkle (2000) and Beaton (2007) mention the association of the species with lily pads. Thus, it suggests that biologists should try to find the species by searching out ponds or lakes with many lily pads. Gratifyingly, in the past few years, biologists have expanded the range and known sites and counties for the species in NC; it is not nearly as rare as thought just a few years ago.
state_status SR
S_rank S1
fed_status
G_rank G4
synonym Gomphus australis
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Clearlake Clubtail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2018-04-18, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest - 1 teneral flushed from shoreline; 1 just emerged on lilypad
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2018-04-17, Boiling Spring Lakes - exuvia on lilypad in North Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields, Chris Hill

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-19, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest - female ovipositing in Lily Pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-08, Sandhill Game Lands; Scotland Lake - all males
Photo by: Mike Turner, Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-07, Sandhill Game Lands; Scotland Lake
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-30, - Three males seen and photographed at Patsy Pond in Croatan National Forest.
Photo by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Moore; C, 2017-04-30, - Upper pond at Sandhills Community College gardens - male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes - female at Spring Lake Park
Photo by: Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett, Matt Anderson

Comment: Scotland, 2015-05-03, - Males photographed around Scotland Lake in the sandhills
Photo by: Stevie Tatum

Comment: Bladen, 2013-05-20, Natural lake - Tatum has photos; confirmed by D. Paulson and E. Corey
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery - also 1 emerging from exuvia
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05. McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery - also 1 emerging from exuvia
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05. McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery - also 1 emerging from exuvia
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05. McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery - also 1 emerging from exuvia