Saddled Madtom (Noturus fasciatus)


The Saddled Madtom is found in the Duck River System and tributaries to the lower Tennessee River Drainage in Tennessee. They live in rocky pools and riffles of small creeks to small rivers. As the common name suggests, Saddled Madtoms have three to four dark saddles across their back. As members of the catfish family, all madtoms have whiskers (barbels) around their mouth with taste buds that aid in finding food. Like all members of the genus Noturus, Saddled Madtoms are smaller catfish reaching a maximum size of 3.25 inches.