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Noturus albater Taylor, 1969

Image contributors to this species:

Garold W. Sneegas (1) 

ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

The Ozark Madtom has a stout body and a relatively short head. A large dark blotch beneath adipose fin usually extends into the lower half of the fin, rarely to the edge. A dark bar (sometimes diffuse) is on the base of the caudal fin. The caudal fin has a straight or slightly rounded edge and a creamy white area on the upper margin of the fin. The high adipose fin has a rounded edge and is followed by a notch between it and the caudal fin. The pectoral spine has 6-10 large teeth on the rear edge and small teeth on the front edge. The body is yellow-brown to light brown above and pale yellow to cream-white below. There is dark mottling or blotching and 4 dusky saddles. The fins are yellow or white with indistinct blotches. The caudal fin often has irregular dark bands. The pectoral fin has 9 rays, and the anal fin has 13-16 rays. Aquarium Care: The Madtoms are well suited to aquarium life. Provide river gravel and smooth rounded stones for hiding places during the day. A power filter at one end of the tank will provide the conditions of a flowing stream for these catfish. Can be housed with other North American fishes such as minnows, darters and shiners. Diet:They like most meaty food, such as cut-up earth worms, frozen blood worm and prawns. They will also take tablet and pellet foods. A varied diet will keep them in optimum health.

Common Name:

Ozark madtom






North America: Ozark Uplands of Missouri and Arkansas, USA in upper White (including Red  River) and St. Francis River drainages.


10.0cm. (4ins)


16 -23°C (59-73°F)




Florida Museum of Natural History; http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/catfish/ictaluridae/ozarkmadtom.htm
Schleser David M.;
North American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium. Barron's Educational Series. Inc. 1998. 169 p. 



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