Stonecat (Noturus flavus)


The Stonecat is widespread across much of central and eastern North America in the Hudson Bay, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence, and Mississippi river drainages, including the Tennessee and Cumberland river drainages. As the common name suggests, Stonecats live in rocky riffles and runs of small to large rivers and are members of the Catfish family. Catfishes get their name from the whiskers (barbels) around their mouth with taste buds that aid in finding food. Like all members of the genus Noturus, Stonecats are smaller catfish reaching a maximum size of 12 inches.

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  • McCulloch, B.R., and K.W. Stewart. 1998. Range extension and new locality records for the stonecat, Noturus flavus, in Manitoba: evidence for a recent natural invasion. Canadian Field-Naturalist. 112(2):217-224.

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