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Synodontis tanganyicae Borodin, 1936

Image contributors to this species:

African Aquatic (1) Eccles, D.H. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

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.

Common Name:

Blackspotted squeaker


Synodontis serratus tanganyicae, Synodontis lacustricolus




Africa: Lake Tanganyika. Type locality: Kasanga, Lake Tanganyika


40.5cm (18ins)


22-26°C (71 -79°F)


7.5 -8.2.


Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.www.fishbase.org, version (01/2009).
Eccles, D.H. 1992 FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Tanzania. Prepared and published with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (project URT/87/016). FAO, Rome. 145 p.
Wright, JJ and LM Page (2006) Taxonomic revision of Lake Taganyikan Synodontis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Florida Mus. Nat. Hist. Bull. 46(4):99-154



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