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  • Noturus flavipinnis
  • Noturus flavipinnis
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Scientific Name Noturus flavipinnis  Taylor, 1969
Common Names Yellowfin Madtom
Gulfinnet Giftmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Hines Creek, tributary to Clinch River, Clinton, Anderson County, 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. This specific epithet refers to the yellowish (flavus=yellow) coloring of the dorsal fin (pinna=fin).
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Robust body. Yellow above, dark mottling and specks; 4 saddles; yellow to white below; yellow fins with dark bands or mottling at middle and near edge.
Sexing Breeding male with swollen lips,enlarged cephalic epaxial muscles, and large bulbous gentital papilla. Female with papilla with deep median groove ending in a small bump
General Remarks Inhabits pools and backwaters around slab rocks, bedrock ledges and tree roots in clear creeks and small rivers.
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Distribution North America: USA in Upper Tennessee River drainage in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. Populations extant in Copper Creek in Virginia, Powell River in Tennessee and Citico Creek in Tennessee; extirpated from North Fork Holston River in Virginia, Chickamauga Creek in Georgia and Hines Creek in Tennessee.
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Upper Tennessee (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 oxygenated 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 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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Reference Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 282, pp 201, Pls. 4 (fig. 14), 20 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 14:48 (species record created: 2003 Aug 16 00:00)