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
Similar to S.
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 the same species. Remarks:
According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
(2010) this species in endangered in the wild because
of the cobalt mining on the Dja River by the scraping
of the surface causeing a decline of the habitat.
The AOO is estimated to be less than 500 km²
and the species is known from fewer than five locations.
Ja (Dja) River, Congo River basin, Cameroon. Type
locality: A waterfall of the Libi River,
near the Ja River (Congo System), South Cameroon.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Moelants, T. 2010.Synodontis
pardalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification
and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany.