Occurs in moderate to swift gravel runs of clear medium-sized
rivers. Noturus stanauli is known from only
two widely separated localities in the Clinch and
Duck rivers of the Tennessee Drainage. A search of
the literature and museum records revealed that only
about 25 museum specimens existed, and probably fewer
than 50 individuals have ever been collected! This
is in spite of extensive surveys by many fish folks
collecting at both known localities and other nearby
sites. Obviously, this is easily one of the rarest
fishes in North America! 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.
Cited in the IUCN Red List Status of 2011 as vulnerable.
Tennessee River drainage in Tennessee, USA; known
only from Clinch River at Frost Ford and Brooks Island
in Hancock County and Duck River just above mouth
of Hurricane Creek in Humphreys County.
IUCN 2011 IUCN Red
List of Threatened Species.
Version 2011.2. IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened
Species. Schleser David M.;North American Native Fishes for the Home
Aquarium. Barron's Educational Series. Inc. 1998.
169 p. ScotCat
J. R. Spawning the Rare Pygmy Madtom, Noturus stanauli.