Noturus furiosus | Carolina Madtom
Photo Credit to USFWS.
This boldly patterned Carolina Madtom, Noturus furiosus, is endemic only to the Tar River and Neuse River systems in NC. Starting in 2018 CFI started housing both populations in hopes of establishing captive rearing protocols as well as creating an ark population. Throughout its range, the Carolina Madtom’s distribution has become fragmented and reduced by dams and urbanization. Recent survey efforts in the upper Neuse River Basin indicate that this population may warrant a more critical listing than “Special Concern” within North Carolina. The Carolina Madtom has been proposed as an Endangered Species Federally in 2019.