Unique Characteristics: Belly and interpelvic area lacking modified scales. Lateral line normal, not arched upward. 1st anal spine stiff, as thick as 2nd spine. Sides with no horizontal streaks along each scale row. Snout short, steeply inclined. Opercle and anterior belly well-scaled. Spinous dorsal fin of male with anterior red spot. Many small red spots in short rows on upper side of body. Restricted to the French Broad and Nolichucky basins.
Similar Species: None