Yellowfin Madtom (Noturus flavipinnis)


The Yellowfin Madtom is a federally threatened species that is found in the upper Tennessee River Drainage in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. They live in rocky pools of creeks to small rivers. As the common name suggests, Yellowfin Madtoms have yellow coloration in their fins. 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, Yellowfin Madtoms are smaller catfish reaching a maximum size of six inches.

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  • Petty, M.A., and P.L. Rakes. 2011. Propagation of yellowfin madtoms from Copper Creek, Virginia: 2010. Interim report to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  • Rakes, P.L., and J.R. Shute. 2006. Surveys to delineate a new population of the yellowfin madtom, Noturus flavipinnis, in the Clinch River system in Virginia. Unpublished report to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (Contract No. 2005- 07688). August 3, 2006.
  • Rakes, P.L., and J.R. Shute. 2005. Restoration efforts in the Powell River of Virginia in 2004: the yellowfin madtom, Noturus flavipinnis, and the slender chub, Erimystax cahni. Unpublished report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gloucester, Virginia (Agreement No. 50181-4-J001), February 15, 2005.
  • Baxter, J.T., P.L. Rakes, and J.R. Shute. 1999. Status survey and captive propagation of the yellowfin madtom (Noturus flavipinnis) in Copper Creek, Scott and Russell counties, Virginia. Report to US Fish & Wildlife Service, Abingdon, VA Field Office and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  • Dinkins, G.R., and P.W. Shute. 1996. Life histories of Noturus baileyi and N. flavipinnis (Pisces: Ictaluridae), two rare madtom catfishes in Citico Creek, Monroe County, Tennessee. Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. 18:43-69.
  • Shute, P.W., P.L. Rakes, and J.R. Shute. 1992. Status report and historical review of reintroduction efforts for the endangered smoky madtom (Noturus baileyi) and threatened yellowfin madtom (Noturus flavipinnis). Report to US Forest Service, Cherokee National Forest, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Asheville Field Office, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Shute, P.W. 1984. Ecology of the rare yellowfin madtom, Noturus flavipinnis Taylor. Citico Creek, Tennessee. Masters Thesis. University of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Taylor, W.R., R.E. Jenkins, and E.A. Lachner. 1971. Rediscovery and description of the ictalurid catfish, Noturus flavipinnis. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 83:469-476.

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