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Synodontis bastiani Daget, 1948

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (4) Allan James (3) Karsten Mody (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

The scientific community currently recognises this fish as Synodontis bastiani. In aquarist circles we recognise this fish from its junior synonym name of Synodontis euberneensis. The Ivory Synodontis comes to us from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Here it is found in riverine habitats. The caudal is deeply forked. The first ray of the dorsal stands erect like a blade. The adipose is extremely thick. A naturally streamlined fish built for speed. As maturity is reached the body thickens, arches and looses the distinct dorsal first ray. At this time great confusion arises with identification as Synodontis bastiani now looks almost identical to its Egyptian cousin Synodontis schall  and another species in Synodontis ouemeensis, all sporting some form of dark blotch to the gill cover area. Remarks: The last three thumbnail images (which are probably the real S.bastiani) were photographed in 2004 and 2005 by the image contributor in the Comoé river at the Comoé National Park Côte d'Ivoire in the north east of the country near the borders of Burkina Faso.

Common Name:

Ivory Synodontis


Synodontis eburneensis, Synodontis dageti  




Africa: Sassandra, Bandama and Bia basins (Côte d'Ivoire), also from the Comoe and Agnébi Rivers. Type locality: Côte d’Ivoire: Bouaflé.


20cm. (8ins)


22-26°C (71-79°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 113. Nov.2005



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