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Noturus flavipinnis Taylor, 1969

Image contributors to this species:

Conservation Fisheries Inc (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory 


Relevant Information:

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.

Common Name:

Yellowfin madtom






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


13.0cm. (5¼ins)


16 -23°C (59-73°F)




IUCN, 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.
Schleser David M.; 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   



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