Did you know that our national park has a species of fish named after it? The Smoky Madtom (Noturus baileyi) is a small freshwater catfish that was once found in Abrams Creek, near Cades Cove. But in 1957, this fish and others were poisoned and its habitat flooded in order to create the reservoir that formed behind Chilhowee Dam, extirpating the original Smoky Madtom population. However, the species was later found in nearby Citico Creek and has been reintroduced into a free-flowing section of Abrams Creek, where a population is now well established in several reaches of the creek. Little is known about this species as it prefers to hide under rocks during the day, preventing observation, as well as their nocturnal behaviors. Photo Credit: @toddamacker #naturalhistory #nativefish #waterislife #biodiversity#greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #findyourpark
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