Exactly 100 years after Jordan's initial discovery, the North Fork Holston, Tellico and French Broad rivers receive the NEP designation for yellowfin madtom
thanks to the tireless efforts of USFWS Biologist Richard Biggins.
To the authors' knowledge, this madtom
had not been collected in the state since 1972 when Robison (1974) reported three specimens from a spring-fed tributary of Horsehead Creek in Columbia County, 3.5 km S Macedonia (Sec.
Of the remaining 25 native species not yet mentioned, 11 forms (i.e., the American book lamprey, satinfin shiner, spotfin shiner, eastern silvery minnow, comely shiner, spottail shiner, swallowtail shiner, fallfish, tadpole madtom
, margined madtom
, and redbreast sunfish; respectively, Figures 7, 21, 22, 25, 28, 31, 32, 38, 48, 49, and 77) are widely distributed in the state, but with fewer known localities than those species that have been identified in the preceding paragraph.
(8.) Parmley D and Hall J: Observations on the habitat requirements of the tadpole madtom
(Noturus gyrinus) in central Georgia.
The staff at Great Smoky Mountains has worked to restore less charismatic fish such as the spotfin chub, duskytail darter, Smoky madtom
, and yellowfin madtom
Three species (black bullhead, Ameiurus melas, tadpole madtom
, Noturus gyrinus, and sea catfish, Arius felis) were represented by single individuals.
We captured 14 species of fish over the course of the study: bluehead chub (Cyprinidae: Nocomis leptocephalus), creek chub (Cyprinidae: Semotilus atromaculatus), rosyside dace (Cyprinidae: Clinostomus funduloides), redbreast sunfish (Centrarchidae: Lepomis auritus), yellow bullhead (Ictaluridae: Ameiurus natalis), American eel (Anguillidae: Anguilla rostrata), swallowtail shiner (Cyprinidae: Notropis procne), white shiner (Cyprinidae: Notropis albeolus), margined madtom
(Ictaluridae: Noturus insignis), green sunfish (Centrarchidae: Lepomis cyanellus), bluegill sunfish (Centrarchidae: Lepomis macrochirus), mosquitofish (Poeciliidae: Gambusia affinis), warmouth sunfish (Centrarchidae: Lepomis gulosus), and a darter (Percidae: Percina spp.) (Menhinick 1991).
First come the bottom-dwelling catfish that can be caught in any water: both the big blue channel cat (that prefer faster-moving rivers and clear lakes and can grow to almost four feet and 60 pounds in big water) and ordinary mudcats found in more sluggish waterways, and often called bullhead, madtom
, horned pout, yeller-belly, ol' whiskers, and other regional names of gustatory affection.
Two threatened species could also sink the project -- the Ouachita madtom
catfish and the fatmucket mussel.
Evaluation of madtom
diurnal substrate use in the Clinch River.
promelas), Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus), White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii), Black Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis), Blackstripe Topminnow (Fundulus notatus), Tadpole Madtom
(Noturus gyrinus), Green Sunfish, Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), and Longear Sunfish (L.
In particular declines of historically occurring backwater specialist fishes (e.g., golden shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas, tadpole madtom
Noturus gyrinus, and brook silverside Labidesthes sicculus) across rivers is likely due to channelization, destruction of riparian and floodplain habitat, and various effects from altered flow regimes (Menzel, 1981; Burr and Page, 1986; Sparks, 1995; Armitage and Rank, 2009).