Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: North Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

North Carolina Project

Population Status and Genetic Structure of the Carolina Madtom

August 2015 - July 2018


Participating Agencies

  • NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The Carolina madtom, Noturus furiosus, is a small catfish endemic to the Neuse and Tar river basins of North Carolina. The species spans a restricted range in these two basins, and the Neuse basin population appears to be declining. We will conduct research to define the extant distribution and populations of the Carolina madtom and further quantify sampling bias and efficiency toward understanding and modeling the species distribution and abundance. We will also estimate critical parameters of genetic isolation and diversity within and among populations. These findings will provide critical, timely information for the Species Status Assessment, inform protective listing decisions, and guide conservation planning for the species.