The new sp. is described and figured from a single $, recovered from the Crato member of the Lower Cretaceous (Aptian) Santana formation. The holotype is deposited in the AMNH. Herewith the presence of the subfamily is established in the Americas prior to the separation of the continents. This is the oldest known American gomphaeschnine, confirming the primitive status of Gomphaeschna and its evolution toward simpler venation.