Mating pair of yellow-striped hunters Austrogomphus guerini, copyright Fir0002/Flagstaffotos.

Belongs within: Eteoanisoptera.

The Gomphoidea are a group of mostly small dragonflies, in which the larvae have a flattened prementum lacking a median cleft. The Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous Proterogomphidae probably represent early members of this clade. The majority of living species are included in the family Gomphidae except the larger palaeotropical genus Ictinogomphus in the Lindeniidae, distinguished by the presence of crossveins in the triangle of the fore- and hind wings (Theischinger & Hawking 2006).

    |--Proterogomphidae RP02
    |--Ictinogomphus WO91 [Ictinogomphinae, Lindeniidae TH06]
    |    |--I. australis (Selys 1873) TH06
    |    |--I. dobsoni (Watson 1969) TH06
    |    `--I. paulini Watson 1991 TH06
    `--Gomphidae [Gomphinae, Gomphinidae] TH06
         |--Armagomphus armiger (Tillyard 1913) TH06
         |--Odontogomphus donnellyi Watson 1991 TH06
         |--Cacoides BU02
         |--Hagenius A07
         |--Dromogomphus A07
         |--Erpetogomphus P74
         |--Gomphoides P74
         |--Lanthus A07
         |--Progomphus P74
         |--Arigomphus A07
         |--Gomphurus A07
         |--Hylogomphus A07
         |--Stylurus A07
         |--Ophiogomphus TW05
         |    |--O. serpentinus K01
         |    `--O. severus TW05
         |--Zephyrogomphus TH06
         |    |--Z. lateralis (Selys 1873) TH06
         |    `--Z. longipositor (Watson 1991) TH06
         |--Ictinus SL89
         |    |--I. decoratus SL89
         |    `--I. melaenops SL89
         |--Gomphus FB03
         |    |--G. lucasii de Selys 1847 E12
         |    |--G. spicatus A07
         |    `--G. vulgatissimus FB03
         |--Macrogomphus SL89
         |    |--M. albardae SL89
         |    |--M. decemlineatus SL89
         |    `--M. quadratus SL89
         |--Austroepigomphus TH06
         |    |--A. (Austroepigomphus) TH06
         |    |    |--A. (A.) melaleucae (Tillyard 1909) TH06
         |    |    `--A. (A.) praeruptus (Selys 1857) TH06
         |    `--A. (Xerogomphus) TH06
         |         |--A. (X.) gordoni (Watson 1962) TH06
         |         `--A. (X.) turneri (Martin 1901) TH06
         |--Antipodogomphus TH06
         |    |--A. acolythus (Martin 1901) TH06
         |    |--A. dentosus Watson 1991 TH06
         |    |--A. edentulus Watson 1991 TH06
         |    |--A. hodgkini Watson 1969 TH06
         |    |--A. neophytus Fraser 1958 TH06
         |    `--A. proselythus (Martin 1901) TH06
         |--Hemigomphus TH06
         |    |--H. atratus Watson 1991 TH06
         |    |--H. comitatus (Tillyard 1909) TH06
         |    |--H. cooloola Watson 1991 TH06
         |    |--H. gouldii (Selys 1854) TH06
         |    |--H. heteroclytus Selys 1854 TH06
         |    |--H. magela Watson 1991 TH06
         |    `--H. theischingeri Watson 1991 TH06
         |--Sinogomphus taushanensis RJ93
         `--Austrogomphus TH06
              |  i. s.: A. lateralis P05
              |--A. (Austrogomphus) TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) angelorum Tillyard 1913 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) arbustorum Tillyard 1906 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) australis Dale 1854 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) collaris Hagen 185 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) cornutus Watson 1991 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) doddi Tillyard 1909 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) guerini (Rambur 1842) TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) mjobergi Sjöstedt 1917 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) mouldsorum Theischinger 1999 TH06
              |    |--A. (A.) ochraceus (Selys 1869) TH06
              |    `--A. (A.) pusillus Sjöstedt 1917 TH06
              `--A. (Pleiogomphus) TH06
                   |--A. (P.) amphiclitus (Selys 1873) TH06
                   |--A. (P.) bifurcatus Tillyard 1909 TH06
                   |--A. (P.) divaricatus Watson 1991 TH06
                   `--A. (P.) prasinus Tillyard 1906 TH06

*Type species of generic name indicated


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