Bug Eyes would be an apt nickname for this member
of the Mochokidae genera and is very much a favourite
among Synodontis fanciers. So for ScotCat's
250th factsheet (April 2017) I am indulging in one
of my favourite catfish families. This species along
with quite a few of this genera have been brought
into the country as juveniles with captive breeding
occurring on commercial fish farms via the use of
hormone injections but the one pictured below is the
real deal and was photographed (and bought I may add)
in Aqualife, a fish store in the north of England
well known for its rare catfish exibits.
is nocturnal and will hide during the day so plenty
of hiding places would benefit this species with plants
and rockwork. Although it can grow to 23cm. (9ins)
standard length it is very much a peaceful species.
A tank over 36in(90cm) would suffice for this Syno
if kept singularly but if kept with con specifics
a larger tank that would benefit its final adult size
would be best.
down turned short snout indicative of its preference
for scraping algae from rocks
basin except Luapula system and Lower Congo. Type
locality: Stanley Falls, upper Congo.
Deep body. Eyes very large,
lateral, and sited far apart on the broad head. The
short snout is down-curved. Pectoral spine not serrated
on the outside. Anal fin with extended rays.
Brown mottling to body and
brown edgings stripes to the caudal fin lobes. Very
pretty species when juvenile but takes on more of
a drab appearance when growing into adulthood.
Care & Compatibility
As for the vast majority of
Synodontis species in that it is peaceful
and can be housed with other non-aggresive species
in a medium to large tank. Keep the water changes
up to keep your species in good condition. Provide
a slight water current with soft acid to neutral p.H.
water. Any larger Characins
and peaceful Cichlids.
succeeded in breeding this species and the parents
turned almost white in courtship and laid hundreds
of non-adhesive sinking eggs.
L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa).
There is no parental care.
Distinct pairing during breeding.
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
Will take most prepared aquarium
foods such as frozen bloodworm, whiteworm, shrimp,
prawns, insect larvae, tablet food, snails, a good
quality flake food and pellets but would need some
vegetable matter in its diet such as cucumber, algae
tablets, vegetable flakes and mashed peas. A wide
varied diet will provide a healthy specimen for many
The median, unpaired, ventrally
located fin that lies behind the anus, usually on
the posterior half of the fish. Caudal fin: The tail. Pectorals: The paired fins just behind
From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos,
meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced
lower jaw teeth.
M., 1971. Révision
des Synodontis africains (famille Mochocidae). Ann.
Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 191:1-497. Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of
Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance.
Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.