Common name: Brindled Madtom
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Identification: Trautman (1981); Smith (1985); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993); Pflieger (1997).
Size: 13 cm.
Native Range: Lower Great Lakes drainages in Ontario and New York, southwest through most of the Ohio River basin and lower Mississippi River basin (west to eastern Kansas and Oklahoma; Pearl River and Lake Pontchartrain drainages on central Gulf Slope in Mississippi and Louisiana (Page and Burr 1991).
Introduced into the Mohawk River in New York (Mills et al. 1997). Specimens have been taken at Lock 7 near Schenectady and at Lock 9 at Rotterdam Junction (Smith 1985; Mills et al. 1997). Smith (1985) mapped another location on the Mohawk near Little Falls, where it is presumably also introduced. The eastern range expansion is relatively recent, Lee et al. (1980 et seq.) reported it only as far east as Oneida Lake.
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Noturus miurus are found here.
Table last updated 5/16/2022
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Canal connection. Probably gained access from Lake Ontario systems in western New York to the Mohawk River via the Erie Canal (Smith 1985; Mills et al. 1997).
Status: Reported in New York.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Lee, D. S., C. R. Gilbert, C. H. Hocutt, R. E. Jenkins, D. E. McAllister, and J. R. Stauffer, Jr. 1980 et seq. Atlas of North American freshwater fishes. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, NC.
Mills, E. L., M. D. Scheuerell, J. T. Carlton, and D. L. Strayer. 1997. Biological invasions in the Hudson River basin: an inventory and historical analysis. New York State Museum Circular No. 57. 51 pp.
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Smith, C. L. 1985. The inland fishes of New York state. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY. 522 pp.
Revision Date: 4/30/2018
Peer Review Date: 6/2/2004
Fuller, P., 2022, Noturus miurus Jordan, 1877: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=749, Revision Date: 4/30/2018, Peer Review Date: 6/2/2004, Access Date: 5/16/2022
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