Smoky Madtom (Noturus baileyi)


As the common name suggests, the Smoky Madtom is a federally endangered species that is restricted to a single creek system in the Smoky Mountains, but has been reintroduced into several other creek systems in the upper Tennessee River Drainage in Tennessee. They live in rocky pools and riffles of small to medium creeks. 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, Smoky Madtoms are smaller catfish reaching a maximum size of 2.75 inches.