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Synodontis gambiensis Günther, 1864

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Occurs in shallow sheltered areas. Omnivore, feeds on algae, nymphs, arthropods and mollusks. Oviparous. Aquarium Care: reported to be very belligerent towards other tank mates so would need to be housed in a large aquarium to dilute this aggression. Would need this large tank if keeping a group of S.gambiensis. Remarks: Considered to be a synonym of Synodontis schall by Lévêque et al. (1989: 120) and Paugy (in Lévêque et al., 1992: 561) which would account for the aggressive behavior.

Common Name:



Synodontis gambiensis latifrons




Africa: Niger, Chad, Gambia, Géba, Taja, Waange, Volta and Ouémé basins.


32cm. (12¾ins)


22 -28°C (71 -83°F)




Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1995 Aquarien Atlas. Band 4. Mergus Verlag GmbH, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Melle, Germany. 864 p.
Willoughby, N.G. 1974 The ecology of the genus Synodontis (Pisces: Siluriodei) in Lake Kainji, Nigeria. p. 160-162. In: N.G. Willoughby. University of Southampton, UK . 288 p. Ph.D. dissertation.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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