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Synodontis pardalis Boulenger, 1908

Image contributors to this species:

Toyin Ojo (1) Boulenger 1911 (Line Drawing) (1) Allan James (4) Dave Schumacher (2)  

ScotCat Sources:

Article Etymology = Genus  

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

This species has recently been seen in the U.S. and U.K. shops (04/2011) after many years of non-availability. This is due to a large catchment and export from the Ja (Dja) River in southern Cameroon. Take care on identification as they have been sold in the past as this species and they have turned out to be hybrids. See Article. Similar to S. katangae from the upper drainage of the Congo (which the Ja River drains into) but this species has larger spots but they may be the one and same species.

Common Name:





Mochokidae blycipitidae


Africa: Ja River, Congo River basin, Cameroon. Type locality: a waterfall of the Libi River, near the Ja River (Congo System), South Cameroon..


20cm. SL. (8ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 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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