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Cordulegastridae - Spiketails

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Odonata
 Family: Cordulegastridae

Calico Pennant DragonflyThe dragonflies in this family are large, usually between 2.5 and 3.5 inches in length.

Spiketails have wide heads and clear to smoky black wings. They are brown or black with yellow markings. They have large green or blue eyes that meet on the top of their heads.

Spiketails are found near rivers and streams. Female spiketails hover just above the shallow water and poke the tip of their abdomen in the water to deposit their eggs in the river of stream bottom.

Spiketail nymphs spend more than one year in the nymph state.

galleryCordulegastridae Photo Gallery

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

  North American Species

Delta-spotted Spiketail - Cordulegaster diastatops  North America  New Hampshire Species image More Info
Twin-spotted Spiketail - Cordulegaster maculata North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Arrowhead Spiketail - Cordulegaster obliqua  Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species More Info
  Brown Spiketail - Cordulegaster bilineata North America
Apache Spiketail - Cordulegaster diadema Least Concern North America   More Info
Pacific Spiketail - Cordulegaster dorsalis North America image More Info
Tiger Spiketail - Cordulegaster erronea North America More Info
Sarracenia Spiketail - Cordulegaster sarracenia North America
Say's Spiketail - Cordulegaster sayi  Vulnerable Asia North America More Info
Ouachita Spiketail - Cordulegaster talaria Least Concern North America

Selected Species Around the World

Anotogaster basalis  Not Enough Data Asia
Anotogaster chaoi  Not Enough Data Asia
Anotogaster flaveola  Not Enough Data Asia
Anotogaster gigantica  Not Enough Data Asia
Anotogaster gregoryi  Least Concern Asia
Anotogaster klossi  Not Enough Data Asia
Anotogaster nipalensis  Least Concern Asia
Anotogaster sakaii  Not Enough Data Asia
Anotogaster sieboldii Asia image
Cordulegaster annandalei  Not Enough Data Asia
Sombre Goldenring - Cordulegaster bidentata Near Threatened Asia Europe image More Info
Golden-ringed dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii Europe image More Info
Cordulegaster brevistigma  Least Concern Asia
Balkan Goldenring - Cordulegaster heros Near Threatened  Europe image  More Info

  Greek Goldenring - Cordulegaster helladica Endangered Europe More Info
Blue-eyed Goldenring - Cordulegaster insignis  Least Concern Asia Europe
Cordulegaster lunifera  Not Enough Data Europe
Caucasian Goldenring - Cordulegaster mzymtae Least Concern Europe More Info
Turkish Goldenring  - Cordulegaster picta  Asia Europe
Atlas Goldenring - Cordulegaster princeps Near Threatened Africa   More Info
Italian Goldenring - Cordulegaster trinacriae Near Threatened Europe More Info 
Cordulegaster vanbrinkae  Not Enough Data Asia
Neallogaster hermionae  Least Concern Asia
Neallogaster latifrons  Least Concern Asia
Neallogaster ornata  Near Threatened Asia
Neallogaster schmidti  Not Enough Data Asia
Sinorogomphus nasutus Least Concern Asia
Sinorogomphus tunti  Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio New Hampshire Species NH Species

Apache Spiketail - Cordulegaster diadema Photos Least Concern North America
The Apache spiketail is found in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. It is also found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Atlas Goldenring - Cordulegaster princeps profile Photos Near Threatened Africa
The Atlas goldenring is found in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Arrowhead Spiketail - Cordulegaster obliqua profile Photos  Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
The arrowhead spiketail is found in the eastern U.S. from Maine to northern Florida. It is found in New Hampshire south of the White Mountains.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Arrowhead Spiketail - Cordulegaster obliqua profile Photos  Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
The arrowhead spiketail is usually found near small spring fed streams and seeps.
Source: NY Natural Heritage Program Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Balkan Goldenring - Cordulegaster heros profile Photos Near Threatened  Europe
The Balkan Goldenring is found in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia , Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Caucasian Goldenring - Cordulegaster mzymtae profile Photos Least Concern Europe
The Caucasian goldenring is found in Georgia and Turkey.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Delta-spotted Spiketail - Cordulegaster diastatops profile Photos  North America  New Hampshire Species
The delta-spotted spiketail is found in the Northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. It is found across New Hampshire.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Golden-ringed dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii profile Photos Europe
The golden-winged dragonfly is found in the United Kingdom.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Greek Goldenring - Cordulegaster helladica profile Photos Endangered Europe
The Greek goldenring is found in Greece.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Italian Goldenring - Cordulegaster trinacriae profile Photos Near Threatened Europe
The Italian goldenring is found in Italy.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Pacific Spiketail - Cordulegaster dorsalis profile Photos North America
The Pacific spiketail is found in the Western U.S.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pacific Spiketail - Cordulegaster dorsalis profile Photos North America
The Pacific spiketail is found near streams and rivers.
Source: Montana FieldGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Say's Spiketail - Cordulegaster sayi Photos Vulnerable Asia North America
Say's spiketail is found in Florida and Georgia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Say's Spiketail - Cordulegaster sayi Photos Vulnerable Asia North America
Say's spiketail adults are active only from March-April.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Sombre Goldenring - Cordulegaster bidentata profile Photos Near Threatened Asia Europe
The Sombre goldenring is found in western, south, southeast and central Europe.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section:Yes

Tiger Spiketail - Cordulegaster erronea Photos North America
Tiger spiketail is found in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Twin-spotted Spiketail - Cordulegaster maculata Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The twin-spotted spiketail is found from Ontario and Prince Edward Island south to Texas and Florida. The twin-spotted spiketail is found across New Hampshire.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Twin-spotted Spiketail - Cordulegaster maculata profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The twin-spotted spiketail is found near forest streams and rivers.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No