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genus: Brechmorhoga


Two species are known in North America.  These skimmers are medium in size and have a dark brown or black body striped with pale green.  The males have a clubbed abdomen, hence there name clubskimmer. Most species have segment 1-2 enlarged and the rest of the abdomen spear-shaped. Both sexes are similar. 

They breed primarily in flowing waters such as streams and small rivers. Males establish territories in small pools.  They have been known to fly extremely fast, especially when two males fight for territory.  They forage and rest in areas close to rivers. Clubskimmers are some of the few skimmers that perch on stones or on the ground.

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