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  • Noturus munitus
  • Noturus munitus
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Scientific Name Noturus munitus  Suttkus & Taylor, 1965
Common Names Frecklebelly Madtom
Fregnemavet Giftmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Pearl River, 2.6 miles east of Sandy Hook, Marion County, Mississippi, 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 literally means armed or protected and refers to the specimen's large spines and serrae.
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Size 81mm or 3.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
General Remarks Occurs in rocky riffles and runs of medium to large rivers. Often found near vegetation.
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Distribution North America: Gulf Slope drainages in the USA: disjunct populations in Conasauga River, Tennessee; Etowah River, Georgia; Cahaba River, central Alabama; Tombigbee River in western Alabama and eastern Mississippi; and Pearl River in southern Mississippi and eastern Louisiana.
Gulf Coast Drainages (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2012.
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Feeding In the wild feeds on mayfly nymphs and the larvae of caddisfly, midges and blackfly. In the aquarium will readily feed on live and frozen foods. Will also adapt to flake and prepared foods.
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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington v. 78, pp 171, Figs. 1-2.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 25 13:06 (species record created: 2007 Apr 05 19:30)