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Scientific Name Noturus leptacanthus  Jordan, 1877
Common Names Speckled Madtom
Småplettet Giftmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Silver Creek, 1 mile above its junction with Etowah River, near Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, U.S.A.
Pronunciation no two russ
Etymology From the Greek notos, meaning back and oura, meaning tail. In reference to the confluent adipose and caudal fins. The specific epithet refers to the specimen's short, slender (lepto=slender) spines (canthus=spine).
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Size 85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Black specks on body and fins. Pectoral spines smooth.
Sexing Breeding male with swollen lips,enlarged cephalic epaxial muscles, and large bulbous genital papilla. Female with papilla with deep median groove ending in a small bump
General Remarks Inhabits gravel-sand runs and rocky riffles of creeks and small to medium rivers, near vegetation.
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Distribution USA to Amite-Comite River in Louisiana, USA; south in peninsular Florida to St. John's River drainage.
North American Atlantic Drainages, Florida waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Feeding Readily feeds on live and frozen foods. Will also adapt to flake and prepared foods for the aquarium.
Furniture Provide sand mixed with peat moss,pvc pipes,flat rocks and vegetation .
Compatibility Suitable for a coldwater community tank.Ideal tank mates include small-mid sized North American native fishes such as darters and shiners.
Suggested Tankmates Ideal tankmates include small to mid sized North American native fishes such as darters and shiners.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annals of the Lyceum of Natural History of New York v. 11 (nos 11-12) (art. 29), pp 352.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 03 11:57 (species record created: 2004 Jul 10 00:00)