flavipinnis Taylor, 1969
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||Inhabits pools and backwaters
around slab rocks, bedrock ledges and tree roots in clear creeks
and small rivers. The Yellowfin Madtom has a stout body with the
deepest point located in front of the dorsal fin. The body is
yellow with dark mottling, specks and 4 dark saddles above, and
is yellow to white below. A brown saddle in front of the dorsal
fin usually encloses 2 light spots. The fins are yellow with dark
bands or mottling at the middle and near the edges. A bold black
bar on the base of the caudal fin extends from the top to the
bottom of the fin. The dark saddle under the adipose fin extends
to the edge of the fin. The caudal fin has a pale edge. The adipose
fin is nearly free from the caudal fin. The caudal fin is straight
or slightly rounded. The pectoral spine has 4-10 large teeth on
the rear edge and several large teeth on the front edge. The anal
fin has 14-16 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. Remarks:
Cited as a vulnerable species in the IUCN Red List.
North America: USA
in upper Tennessee River drainage in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.
Populations extant in Copper Creek in Virginia, Powell River in
Tennessee and Citico Creek in Tennessee; extirpated from
North Fork Holston River in Virginia, Chickamauga Creek in Georgia
and Hines Creek in Tennessee
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
1990 1990 IUCN red list of threatened animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland
and Cambridge, U.K. 288 p.
North American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium. Barron's Educational
Series. Inc. 1998. 169 p.
Florida Museum of Natural History; http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/catfish/ictaluridae/yellowfinmadtom.htm