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Synodontis greshoffi Schilthuis, 1891

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (2) Allan James (4) Danny Blundell (1) John P. Sullivan (1) David Mashall (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

Synodontis greshoffi was collected by its namesake, M. A. Greshoff, in the area around Kinshasa, Stanley Pool, in the upper Congo River. near Brazzaville, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the new species was so named by the above author, L. Schilthuis, in a paper written by him in 1891. Aquarium Care: This is a fairly easy and tolerable species to keep, and a good looker to boot. It can be housed alongside other non aggressive species of Synodontis as long as they are given plenty of shelter such as pipes, rockwork etc to subdue any territorial tendencies between each species. The body pattern is somewhat similar to S. schoutedeni. Diet: Can be fed a varied diet of good quality flake, tablet food, pellets, worm foods and frozen food such as bloodworm.

Common Name:

Greshoff's Catfish


Synodontis afrofischeri, S.grenshoffi, S.depauwi, S.unicolor, S.tenuis, S.holopercnus, S.pantherinus




Africa: Congo River basin, except Luapula River system and lower Congo. Type locality: Kinshasa, Stanley Pool


20cm. (8ins)


23-27°C (73 -81°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 93. March 2004.



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