(1) Danny Blundell (12) Steve
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Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: 0. Diagnosis:
gill slits not extending ventrally beyond pectoral-fin
insertions; post-orbital length at least 60% of snout
length; maxillary barbels unbranched, longer than
head, without tubercles and bordered by a narrow,
but rather long, basal membrane that extends over
half their length; inner mandibular barbels with few,
short, sometimes subdivided, ramifications; mandibular
teeth moderately developed, numbering 16-27 (27 in
the holotype); denticulations of pectoral-fin spines
almost as strong on outer as on inner margin; dorsal-fin
spine smooth anteriorly, except for some apical denticles;
humeral process relatively pointed and granulose,
keeled ventrally; adipose fin low, rather short, its
length less than 3 times the distance between rayed
dorsal and adipose fin, pointed posteriorly and well
separated from rayed dorsal fin; body entirely spotted.
Colouration: The base colour can vary from
having a yellow background with dark brown markings
to a more duller brown base colour. David Sands noted
in his Catfishes of the World Vol.2 that the
colour changes can be brought upon by the colour of
the substrate, the lighter the substrate, the lighter
and better colour will show on the body of S. waterloti.
Aquarium Care: The suitability of
this species in the aquarium is that it would not
be too aggressive to other conspecifics, but do bare
in mind that most Synodontis like to have their
own territory, be it a cave or pipes, to feel comfortable
in their surroundings. Diet: Will
take most prepared aquarium foods such as frozen bloodworm,
whiteworm, shrimp, prawns, tablet food, flake food,
pellets and a vegetable addition such as cucumber.
A wide varied diet will provide a healthy specimen
for many years.
Waanje and Taja Rivers, Sierra Leone; St. John River
basin, Liberia; Cess River basin, Côte d’Ivoire;
Pra River basin, Ghana. Type locality:
Friguiagbé, près Kindia, Guinée.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. ScotCat
034; April 1999. Sands, David. Catfishes of the World, Vol 2
Mochokidae. Dunure Publications 1983.