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Microsynodontis christyi Boulenger, 1920

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (1) Nathan Cook (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Ng (2004h: 2) stated that Microsynodontis christyi should be treated as valid, but provided no further comments. The BMNH syntype of M. christyi has had an incorrect jar label, with the registration number listed as BMNH 1919.9.10.381. There is some needed work to be done on this genera as identification to species can sometimes be problematic. Some of the species posses a rounded as well as a forked caudal fin which is unique to this family. Aquarium Care: not too difficult to keep as long as the water quality is kept up to a good standard. Diet: will eat most aquarium fare such as flake, tablet food and frozen bloodworm. These catfishes will rarely appear out during the day but may venture out for food in early evening.

Common Name:

Pretty Woman Dwarf Synodontis


Microsynodontis batesii




Africa: Ntem River basin, southern Cameroon and northern Gabon, and Campo. Ivindo, Lobé, Nyong and Sanaga River basins, southern and central Cameroon. Type locality: Poko, Congo Belge.


6cm. (2½ins)


22-26°C (71-79°F)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628



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