Eastern Least Clubtail Stylogomphus albistylus (Hagen in Selys, 1878)  

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Eastern Least Clubtail (Stylogomphus albistylus) is the smallest species of gomphid in North America, shorter in overall length than many damselfly species. This miniature clubtail prefers clear, rocky streams or rivers with decent current, and a sandy or rocky bottom (Paulson, 2011). In Maryland, Eastern Least Clubtail is found over a wide range. It is considered rare on the eastern shore of the coastal plain, while it is generally uncommon elsewhere in the state (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

Description:

The conspicuous white cerci distinguish this species from both species of Lanthus.

There are 98 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Least Clubtail in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An Eastern Least Clubtail in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2007). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

An Eastern Least Clubtail found in Garret Co., Maryland (6/13/2012). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

An Eastern Least Clubtail in Washington Co., Maine (7/18/2012). Photo by Terry Hibbitts. (MBP list)

A freshly emerged female Eastern Least Clubtail in Howard Co., Maryland (5/25/2015). This record was a nearly early date for the species in the county. Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A teneral Eastern Least Clubtail in Howard Co., Maryland (6/2/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A teneral Eastern Least Clubtail in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/3/2006). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Least Clubtail in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2007). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

An Eastern Least Clubtail in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2007). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Cast skin of Eastern Least Clubtail in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/27/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)


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