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Synodontis carineae, a new species of mochokid catfish

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 10:07 PM

Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 359-367, 3 figs., 1 tab., December 2010

Synodontis carineae, a new species of mochokid catfish from the Kouilou-Niari River basin, Africa(Siluriformes: Mochokidae)

Emmanuel Vreven and Armel Ibala Zamba.

Synodontis carineae, new species, is described from the Kouilou-Niari Basin (Republic of Congo). It is distinguished from all other Lower Guinea Synodontis species by the following unique combination of characters: entire anterior edge of dorsal spine not serrated; posterior margin of operculum without opercular spine; 18-24 mandibular teeth; maxillary barbels bordered by a broad membrane; and a unique colour pattern characterised by numerous dark brown, irregularly shaped spots on a light brownish background colour with, in live specimens, a vivid yellowish overall sheen.

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