Noturus sp. Cape Fear River

“Cape Fear”

Unique Characters:  Found only in Cape Fear drainage.  Caudal fin base with dark blotch.  Fins not edged with black.  Modally 16 anal rays and 60 caudal fin rays.  Caudal fin length to height ratio of 1.42

south River broadtail

Similar Species:

“Lake Waccamaw” and “Pee Dee” undescribed Noturus species.  Modally

Lake Waccamaw broadtail

“Lake Waccamaw”

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“Pee Dee”

Margined Madtom Noturus insignis.  Dorsal, anal, and caudal fins usually edged with black.  Anal fin with 18-21 rays. Caudal fin base without dark blotch.  

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