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Scientific Name Noturus albater  Taylor, 1969
Common Names Ozark Madtom
Ozark-giftmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality White R. at Forsyth, on hwy M80, Taney Co., 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 contrasting light (albus=white) regions of the caudal fin with the dark (ater=black) saddles.
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Yellow-brown to light brown above,faint to prominent dark mottling or blotching. 4 dusky saddles; pale yellow to cream-white below.

Two forms exist: a mottled, stout-bodied form in St. Francis River drainage and a boldly patterned, more slender form in upper White River drainage.
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
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Distribution North America: Ozark Uplands of Missouri and Arkansas, USA in upper White (including Red River) and St. Francis River drainages.
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi, White River (Arkansas), Upper White River (Arkansas) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi, Saint Francis (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.2 - 7.0
Temperature 16.0-22.0°C or 60.8-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Highly oxygenated water is 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 to 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.
Jump to next section Further Information
References Bull. U. S. Natl. Mus.No. 282 - pp144 - Pls. 4 (fig. 4), 11 (fig. 2)
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 01:21 (species record created: 2001 May 18 00:00)