The original description was
Synodontis batensoda, namedby the German
Ichthyologist W.P.E.S Rüppell in 1832 in his
paper "Continuation of the description and
figure of several new fish, in the Nile. p1-14 ."
It was known as this name until Bleeker in 1862 erected
a new genus, Brachysynodontis for it. This
was because of the differences between the numbers
of gill rakers and the absence of a gap between the
dorsal and adipose fin. This is still an ongoing debate
after it was moved back into the Synodontis
genera again. The third specimen pictured by
Barry Appleby has been about a bit and is around the
23 year mark, showing once again the longevity
of some species of Synodontis. Aquarium
Care: Keeping S. batensoda in the
aquarium poses no problem as they are in my experience
an easy going Synodontis and can be quite entertaining
in their forages around the tank swimming upside-down
along the top of the tank and then reverting to their
bottom posture as they glide along the bottom. I have
found that they sometimes can get bullied by the more
aggressive members of this family so as with all Syno'syou will have to experiment to find the best solution
for its tankmates.They will do better
in a small group but can also be kept singularly.
Diet: Omnivore, in its natural habitat
it feeds on plankton, algae and detritus. May also
feed on surface insects, chironomid larvae, benthic
crustaceans and mollusks. In the aquarium they will
take a wide range of foods. They will feed during
the day and accept live food, frozen food (bloodworm)
tablet and pellet foods and a good quality flake.
I have also witnessed my specimen gnawing away at
a piece of courgette (zucchini) which was left out
for my Ancistrus, so a little bit of greenery
now and again would also supplement their diet.
Giant upside-down catfish
Nile, Chad, Niger (including the Bénoué),
Senegal and Gambia basins.