New York Natural Heritage Program
Brook Snaketail
Ophiogomphus aspersus Morse, 1895
Insects
Ophiogomphus aspersus Blair Nikula
Family: Clubtails (Gomphidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S3
A State Rarity Rank of S3 means: Typically 21 to 100 occurrences, limited acreage, or miles of stream in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Dragonflies of the genus Ophiogomphus are referred to as Snaketails and Ophio actually means "serpent" (Mead 2003). They get their name from the repeated color patterns on their abdomens which give them a snake-like appearance (Dunkle 2000).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are eight extant occurrences in New York State, with no population estimates determined. Future survey efforts may result in the identification of additional populations.

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