New York Natural Heritage Program
Brook Snaketail
Ophiogomphus aspersus Morse, 1895

Habitat [-]
The Brook Snaketail inhabits clear, rapid-flowing streams that are shallow with a sandy and rocky substrate (Dunkle 2000, Needham et al. 2000). They are often found near riffles of open areas of the stream where the banks are brushy (Dunkle 2000). They also may be found in fast-flowing areas of larger rivers with similar substrate (New York Natural Heritage Program 2007).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Cobble shore
    A community that occurs on the well-drained cobble shores of lakes and streams. These shores are usually associated with high-energy waters (such as high-gradient streams), and they are likely to be scoured by floods or winter ice floes.
  • Confined river
    The aquatic community of relatively large, fast flowing sections of streams with a moderate to gentle gradient.

Associated Species [-]
  • Superb Jewelwing (Calopteryx amata)
  • Extra-Striped Snaketail (Ophiogomphus anomalus)
  • Pygmy Snaketail (Ophiogomphus howei)
  • Maine Snaketail (Ophiogomphus mainensis)