The frecklebelly madtom is a species of small catfish that inhabits the main channels and larger tributaries of large river systems and typically occurs over firm gravel substrates in swift flowing water. The species has a broad but disjunct distribution, with documented populations in the Pearl, Upper Tombigbee, Alabama, Cahaba, Etowah and Conasauga river systems.
The frecklebelly madtom is a small, stout catfish with recorded body sizes reaching to 99 millimeters (3.9 in).
It is a member of the subgenus Rabida, and is a sister species to the morthern madtom (Noturus stigmosus) and piebald madtom (Noturus gladiator). Like other member of the subgenus Rabida, the frecklebelly madtom is distinctively marked with dark saddles, typically four for this species.
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