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Synodontis resupinatus Boulenger, 1904

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2) Dave Schumacher (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Closely related to Hemisynodontis membranaceus and Brachysynodontis batensoda. The body shape is reminiscent of these two species but S. resupinatus has short branches to the maxillary barbels. Aquarium Care: As for the two afore mentioned species. It is a peaceful and hardy fish even though it does grow quite big. Give it a decent size tank and I would suggest a 4ft being the minimum with an aquascape consisting of rockwork or pipes for it to retire too, and large plants such as Giant Valis (Vallisneria gigantea) that grow partly along the water surface, and then you could witness this ‘Synodontis’ eating in its inverted position. Diet: The usual feeding for Synodontis species, being good quality flake food, tablet food, frozen bloodworm, shrimp and prawns. Remarks: Not very common in the hobby.

Common Name:



Synodontis resupinata




Africa: Niger and Benue Rivers. Type Locality: Lokoja, Northern Nigeria


26cm. (10¼ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
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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