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  • Noturus baileyi
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Scientific Name Noturus baileyi  Taylor, 1969
Common Names Smokey Madtom
Røgfarvet Giftmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Lower portion of Abrams Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, 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. Named to honour Reeve M. Bailey.
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Size 73mm or 2.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Relatively slender body, deepest beneath dorsal fin. Nearly uniform olive-brown above and on side; usually 4 pale yellow saddles.
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 Occurs in clear, cool, rocky riffles, runs and flowing pools of creeks. This species is highly endangered.
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Distribution North America: Citico Creek (Little Tennessee River system) in Monroe County in Tennessee, USA.
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Little Tennessee, Citico Creek (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Vulnerable
pH 6.2 - 7.0
Temperature 14.0-22.0°C or 57.2-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Highly oxeganated water a must.
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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 sturdy vegetation.
Compatibility Suitable for a coldwater community tank.Ideal tank mates include small-midsized North American native fishes such as darters and shiners.
Suggested Tankmates Ideal tankmates include small to midsized North American native fishes such as darters and shiners.
Breeding Spawning occurs in the months of may-august. It is difficult in the aquarium however it has been done when wild caught specimens are added to aquariums with warmer temperatures than the river or drainage system they are captured from.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Bull. U. S. Natl. Mus.No. 282 - pp141 - Pl .4 (fig. 3), pl. 11 (fig. 1)
A Field Guide To Freshwater Fishes North America
North American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium
American Aquarium Fishes
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Last Update 2007 Apr 22 01:22 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)