Chucky madtom

The Chucky madtom lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater environment.

The chucky madtom (Noturus crypticus) is a recently described species known from only 15 specimens collected from two Tennessee streams: Dunn Creek in Sevier County, Tennessee, and Little Chucky Creek in Greene County, Tennessee (Burr et al. 2005). More

The Chucky madtom was discovered in 1991 when a Tennessee Valley Authority fisheries biologist collected a pair from Little Chucky Creek. The last two specimens - numbers 13 and 14 - were collected just two weeks ago. More

Identification: The Chucky Madtom has a moderately slender body that is yellow-gray to dark brown above and has 3-4 light yellow saddles. The long, low adipose fin begins at the dorsal fin and reaches the caudal fin. More

* States/US Territories in which the Chucky Madtom is known to occur: Tennessee More

The chucky madtom is one of Southern Appalachia’s rarest fish, found only from a single stream in a single county in Eastern Tennessee. Only 14 specimens of the fish have ever been documented, the last sighting in 2004. More

The Chucky Madtom has been found in Dunn Creek, Sevier Co., Tennessee, and Little Chucky Creek, Greene Co., Tennessee. Both streams are in the French Broad drainage. The species is extremely rare and probably extirpated from Dunn Creek. More

Only three chucky madtom catfish have been encountered since 1994 despite continued surveys of the streams, it has been reported. The Greeneville Hiker's Club has invited members of the MNWA to attend a rafting trip on Sunday, Aug. 3, starting at 1 p.m. More

Common names

Chucky madtom in English

Order : Siluriformes
Family : Ictaluridae
Genus : Noturus
Species : Noturus crypticus
Authority : Burr, Eisenhour & Grady, 2005