In a laboratory setting, we investigated cover preference of the Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus), an imperiled, endemic southeastern USA stream fish. Fish were tested individually and given 24 hours to make a selection from four cover options, including rock, leaf pack, mussel shell, and an artificial cover unit. Among 30 trials, Carolina madtom preferred the artificial cover unit, selecting it 63% of the time. Rock was selected 23% of the time, and leaf pack 13%. Mussel shells were not selected during any trial.
|Title||Cover preference of the Carolina madtom (Noturus furiosus), an imperiled, indemic southeastern stream fish|
|Authors||S.R. Midway, D.D. Aday, Thomas J. Kwak, K. Gross|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Journal of Freshwater Ecology|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Coop Res Unit Atlanta|