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Synodontis ornatipinnis Boulenger, 1899

Image contributors to this species:

Danny Blundell (3) Serge Mevellec (1) Martijn van der Windt (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Looks somewhat similar to S. brichardi but deeper in the body and also temperament wise. Aquarium Care: Reported as being a bit of a bully in captivity and will chase other fish so would need plenty of hiding places for this species. Very territorial to other conspecifics. When as juveniles they have more of a reticulated/blotched pattern but this will change into more of a banded pattern as they get older. Diet: Most prepared foods such as vegetable, tablet, frozen and live foods. Reported to eat snails in the aquarium.

Common Name:

Ornate Synodontis






Africa: Congo River system. Type locality: Coquilhatville et Bikoro (Lac Tumba)


16.5cm. (6½ins)


22-25°C (71-77°F)


6.5 -7.5.


Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1985 Aquarien atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p.
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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