gyrinus (Mitchill, 1817)
contributors to this species:
(1) R. D. Bartlett
(1) Allan James (1) Birger Kamprath
||Inhabits lakes, rock-,
mud-bottomed or detritus-bottomed pools and backwaters of lowland
creeks and small to large rivers. Feeds on midge, isopods, amphipods,
mayfly and caddis larvae. The "Tadpole Madtom" is one
of the smallest Madtoms apart from the rarest; Noturus
stanauli, is abundant in strong riffles of large
creeks and rivers, especially in areas having boulders or large
flat rocks. It is one of the most widespread species in the genus
and can be found from South West Quebec and South East Manitoba
in Canada down to Southern Florida and Texas. It is absent in
the Appalachian Mountains. Aquarium Care: In
common with most of this genus they make good inhabitants of a
cold (cool) water aquarium and can be mixed with other cool water
species such as shiners, minnows and darters. They like to have
place to call home in the aquarium so furnish it with rocks or
driftwood and flat stones so they can hide during the day. You
can have either sand or a mixed fine gravel and an internal power
filter to gently push the water around the tank, this will imitate
the conditions encountered in the wild for this species. 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.
North America: Atlantic
draining Rivers, below Fall line; Mississippi River basin; rivers
draining Gulf of Mexico
(north of Rio Grande); and Great Lakes; introduced into many additional
rivers. Type locality: Wallkill, New York.
Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil
(Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
ScotCat Factsheet No. 84. June 2003.