Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Tadpole Madtom
Noturus gyrinus
Also known as: madtom
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A small, chubby, scaleless fish having an adipose fin that is not a flap-like lobe, 8 barbels that are used to locate food, and a tail fin with a broadly-rounded margin. The whiskers (barbels) are unable to sting; however, if the fish is mishandled, the hard spines (one in the dorsal and one in each pectoral fin) can inflict a puncture wound and a mild venom that causes a painful reaction. Usually found closely associated with cover. Diet primarily consists of immature aquatic insects, small crustaceans and fish.
Family: Catfish
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Can be found in streams and rivers in eastern part of the state; however, it is rarely captured or even seen.


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