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Scientific NameNoturus flavus  Rafinesque, 1818
Common NamesCatminnow
Stenmalle (Denmark), Stonecat
Type LocalityEagle Creek [trib. of lower Kentucky R.], pool below bridge on State hwy 36, 3.5 mi. east of Jonesville, Grant Co., Kentucky, U.S.A.
Pronunciationno two russ - flah vuss
EtymologyFrom 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) tint of some specimens.
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Size 310mm or 12.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationLong, somewhat slender body. Light blotch on nape, cream-white spot at rear of dorsal fin base. Yellow, slate, or olive above; gray pelvic and anal fins; pectoral, dorsal and adipose fins dark at base,pale or white at edge. Larger in Lake Erie than in Mississippi R. basin.
SexingBreeding 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 RemarksInhabits rubble and boulder riffles and runs of creeks and small to large rivers, and gravel shoals of lakes .
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DistributionNorth America: St. Lawrence-Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River) and Mississippi River basins from Quebec to Alberta in Canada, and south to northern Alabama, northern Mississippi, and northeastern Oklahoma, USA; Hudson River drainage in New York, USA.
Gulf Coast Drainages, Mississippi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
North American Atlantic Drainages, Hudson (click on these areas to find other species found there)
North American Atlantic Drainages, Great Lakes (click on these areas to find other species found there)
North American Atlantic Drainages, Saint Lawrence (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.2 - 7.0
Temperature14.0-22.0°C or 57.2-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersHighly oxygenated water a must.
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FeedingReadily feeds on live and frozen foods. Will also adapt to flake and prepared foods for the aquarium.
FurnitureProvide sand mixed with peat moss,pvc pipes,flat rocks and vegetation .
CompatibilitySuitable for a cold water community tank.Ideal tank mates include small-mid sized North American native fishes such as darters and shiners.
Suggested TankmatesIdeal tankmates include small to midsized North American native fishes such as darters and shiners.
BreedingSpawning 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.
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ReferencesAm. Monthly Mag. Crit. Rev.v. 4 (no. 1) - pp41
A Field Guide To Freshwater Fishes North America
North American Native Fishes for the Home Aquarium
American Aquarium Fishes
Registered Keepers(1) necrocanis, (2) Sandtiger, who also notes: "Deceased ", (3) pickles4601, (4) tbinchrist, (5) in_the_seance (p: 2, k: 2), (6) Stalin, who also notes: "The one I had would do nothing but hide all day. He wouldnt even come out of his cave during the day when food was in the water.I would either have to feed him at night or put the food directly into his cave. Fed him earth worms and chopped fish/shrimp. Note: watch out for the spines on these little buggers, while they arnt dangerous, it still hurts quite a bit when they stick you. Usually throbs for about an hour.".

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Last Update2016 Mar 15 12:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)