Brindled Madtom

Brindled Madtom ​
Photo by: Matthew R. Thomas
Identification:   A small catfish with a short, stout body and rounded caudal fin margin. Color is tan to pale yellow with 3-4 dark saddles or band crossing the back, a black spot near the tip of the dorsal fin, and dark blotch passing through the adipose fin. The adipose fin is fused with the caudal fin. Adults grow to about 5 in.
Distribution and Habitat:   Occurs throughout the state, primarily in small to medium-sized streams in soft-bottomed pools among rocks and woody debris (e.g., sticks, leaves, and tree roots).