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Synodontis irsacae  Matthes, 1959
 

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3) Dave Schumacher (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory
 

Relevant Information:

This species was named as a synonym of S. dhonti by Mathes (1962) (juvenile form) shortly after his description in 1959 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 also a smaller species than S. dhonti. In Lake Tanganyika it seeks out rocky zones where there are intervening areas of sand. Adults seek out greater depths of down to 40m or more. Their diet consists of thread algae, sponges, small crabs, insect larvae and fish eggs. Aquarium Care: Treat as per same as all Lake Tanganyika species.

Common Name:

None

Synonyms:

None

Family:

Mochokidae blycipitidae

Distribution:

Africa: Lake Tanganyika.

Size:

19cm. (7½ins)

Temp:

23-26°C (73-79°F)

p.H.

7.5-8.5.

Reference:

Wright, JJ and LM Page (2006) Taxonomic revision of Lake Taganyikan Synodontis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Florida Mus. Nat. Hist. Bull. 46(4):99-154
Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.

 

 

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