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Synodontis dhonti Boulenger, 1917

Image contributors to this species:

Eccles, D.H. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

What we thought of a few years ago as S.dhonti in our possession, has been more likely to have been S. irsacae or S. tanganaicae as the only specimen, and the holotype, was collected in 1912. S. irsacae was named as a synonym of S.dhonti by Matthes (1962) but Wright and Page (2006) have declared that S. iracae is a species in its own right as among other differences the latter does not possess an axillary pore whereas S.dhonti does. It is found only in one location, Kilewa Bay on the western bank of Lake Tanganyika and it is the type locality for this species, and due to the ongoing unrest in the Dem.Rep.of Congo (formerly Zaire) we may never see this species in the flesh.

Common Name:







Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kilewa Bay, Lake Tanganyika.


36cm. (14¼ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Eccles, D.H. 1992 FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania. Prepared and published with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (project URT/87/016). FAO, Rome. 145 p.
Wright, JJ and LM Page (2006) Taxonomic revision of Lake Taganyikan Synodontis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Florida Mus. Nat. Hist. Bull. 46(4):99-154



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