Base colour is yellowish/brownish with a white underside.
On the dorsum there should be dark round spots that
become more difuse with age. Reproduction:
Spawning likely occurs during the flooding season
between July and October, and pairs swim in unison
during spawning. The growth rate is rapid in the first
year, then slows down as the fish age. Aquarium
Care: Not imported to the hobby so far but
due to its moderate size should be no problem to keep
in the aqaurium that is 3' 0" in length or over.Diet: A varied diet as per
Synodontis species. Remarks:
According to the IUCN Red LIst, mining for cobalt,
copper, tin, uranium, dams and the use of toxic plants
for fishing and overfishing form threats in this region
and so it has been classified as endangered.
Lukusi (Luvua tributary) and upper Lualaba, including
the Upemba lakes (upper Congo River basin) in Democratic
Republic of the Congo. Type locality:
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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