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Synodontis nigromaculatus Boulenger, 1905

Image contributors to this species:

African Aquatic (1) Allan James (4) Hippocampus Bildarchiv (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

Prefers rocks or marginal vegetation of flowing riverine channels to lagoons or backwaters. Aquarium Care: Does not seem to be problomatic in its care. Colour: Olive green with entire body covered with round black spots about the size of the eye. Diet: Feeds on a variety of food including detritus, algae and plant material, insects, snails and small fish, and scavenges readily. Breeding: Oviparous. Breeds during the summer rainy season.

Common Name:

Blackspotted squeaker


Synodontis zambezensis, S. melanostictus, S. colyeri




Africa: Luapula System, Moero, Bangwelo, Lake Tanganyika, upper Kasai, upper Zambezi, Okovango, Cunene and Limpopo. Also present in the Zambian Congo. Type locality: Lake Bangwelo.


25cm. (10ins)


22-26°C (71 -79°F)


6.0 -7.5.


Skelton, P.H. 1993 A complete guide to the freshwater fishes of southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 p.



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