his Synodontis along with S.
eupterus, S. angelicus and S.
decorus are probably, from the hobbyists point of view,
the best known for identification
with the yellow-brown caste or grey body
and the large black spots and large adipose fin.
As mentioned it is recognised by its large
adipose fin, large spots on the body and its feathered mandibular
barbels. As they grow into adulthood they will become deeper bodied
and the spots will take on a ring pattern as shown in the image
up of ring pattern spots in adults
This is one of the Synodontis that is farmed in the breeding
establishments on the fish farms in the far east but wild imports
are sometimes available from West Africa. This makes this species
relatively inexpensive to the aquarist and along with its moderate
temperament makes it a great start for venturing into the world
of Mochokidae cats.
Deep body with high long based adipose fin.
Large eyes. Feathered mandibular barbels
Base colour can vary from a yellow/brown
caste to a light grey. Belly is lighter.
Quite an easy species to keep in a larger
aquarium. Non aggressive.
It is likely that the
sexes can be externally differentiated by females having
a proportionately wider and deeper body than the males.
There may also be differences in the vent area.
Will eat most prepared aquarium foods including
vegetables such as cucumber.
Ancient name for an undetermined fish from the Nile (Cuvier
2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification
and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604
Sands, David. Catfishes
of the World, Vol 2 Mochokidae. Dunure Publications 1983
Fleshy finlike projection without rays, behind the rayed
Pertaining to the lower jaw. (mandibular barbels)
1st and 2nd images: © Danny
Blundell @ The Danny Blundell Photo Gallery
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Julian Dignall @