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. Description: 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. Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: 0.
Diagnosis: gill slits not extending ventrally beyond
pectoral-fin insertions; post-orbital length at least
60% of snout length; maxillary barbels very well developed,
about twice as long as head, reaching pelvic fins,
unbranched and without tubercles or distinct basal
membrane; mandibular barbels with long, simple and
slender ramifications: mandibular teeth poorly developed,
numbering 24-28 (28 in the holotype); denticulations
of pectoral fin spines distinctly weaker on outer
than on inner margin; dorsal-fin spine smooth anteriorly;
humeral process rather narrow, pointed and granulate,
very slightly keeled ventrally; adipose fin moderately
developed, very close/subcontiguous to rayed dorsal
fin, sometimes even overlapping with it; body not
spotted. Colouration: 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.
Cited in the IUCN Red List of Threatened species as
vulnerable due to deforestation in its natural habitat.
Volta basin. Burkina Faso, Ghana. Type locality:
le Kou, affluent de la Volta Noire, à 30 km
au Nord de Bobo-Dioulasso.
Bousso, T. & Lalèyè,
P. 2010. Synodontis arnoulti. In: IUCN 2012.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Seegers, L.
2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification
and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany.