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Synodontis contractus  Vinciguerra, 1928

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James (1) Ian Fuller (2) Hippocampus Bildarchiv (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Forms large schools in pools, rivers and smaller streams with muddy bottoms or among vegetation near the shore. Prefers to swim upside-down and will feed in this position as it skims along just under the surface sucking in floating food. The mouth is ventrally located and the teeth are 'fused' together into a rasping patch or plate that is used to scrape algae and slime as well as other types of organisms off the surfaces of the plants, stones, driftwood, etc.

Common Name:

Bugeye squeaker


Synodontis davidi


Mochokidae blycipitidae


Africa: Congo Dem Rep , Congo Rep , Congo basin. Type locality: fiume Rubi a Buta [upper Congo basin].


7.5cm. (3ins)


22-25°C (71-77°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (09/2009).



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