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Synodontis arnoulti Roman, 1966

Image contributors to this species:

Frants Lehmann (1 Stamp)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

This is a small species with the maxillary barbels reaching back past the middle of the body. The humeral process is very pointed. It possess a large dorsal and adipose fin with the caudal fin deeply forked and the lobes pointed. Colour: uniform grey or brown with a white belly. The inner face of the maxillary barbels are edged in black and the membranes between the fin rays are also black. Never been exported to the hobby as only the original holotype is known. The image in the stamp shows damage to the adipose and dorsal fins. Remarks: Cited in the IUCN Red List of Threatened species as vulnerable due to deforestation in its natural habitat.

Common Name:







Africa: Volta basin. Burkina Faso, Ghana. Type locality: le Kou, affluent de la Volta Noire, à 30 km au Nord de Bobo-Dioulasso.


10cm. (4ins)


23-26°C (73-78°F)




Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Bousso, T. & Lalèyè, P. 2010. Synodontis arnoulti. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1.



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