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Scientific Name Noturus flavater  Taylor, 1969
Common Names Checkered Madtom
Mønstret Giftmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Flat Creek, at state highway M39, 12 miles northeast of Cassville, Barry County, Missouri, 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. This specific epithet refers to the yellow (flavus = yellow) and black (ater = black) coloration.
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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 Fishbase lists 180 mm TL.
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Distribution North America: upper White River drainage (excluding Black River system) in Missouri and Arkansas, USA.
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi, White River (Arkansas), Upper White River (Arkansas) (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2012.
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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 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 Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 282, pp 204, Pls. 4 (fig 15), 20 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 05:13 (species record created: 2005 Aug 21 00:00)