Eccles, D.H. Field guide to
the freshwater fishes of Tanzania (2)
Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal soft rays: 8. Inhabits
moderately deep water on rocky or muddy bottoms. Has
been captured from depths of 120-140 m. Oviparous.
Not as commonly imported as the similar looking S.
multipunctatus.Colour in alcohol:Dorsum
grey to reddish brown. Belly light in colour. Scattered
small black spots present on entire body. Maxillary
and mandibular barbels white, bases sometimes with
scattered dusky pigmentation. Iris copper coloured.
Dorsal and pectoral spines dark, terminating in short,
dusky filaments. All rayed fins with small, dark spots
similar to those on body. Juvenile specimens with
black triangles at bases of rayed fins. Aquarium
Care: As for the similar looking S. multipunctatus
but does grow considerbly larger.
Lake Tanganyika. Type locality: Kasanga,
22-26°C (71 -79°F)
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fishes of Tanzania. Prepared and published with the
support of the United Nations Development Programme
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