Synodontis along with S.
angelicus and S.
decorus are probably,
from the hobbyists point of view, the best known for
the yellow-brown caste or grey body and the large
black spots and large adipose fin.
As mentioned it
is recognised by its large adipose fin, large spots
on the body and its feathered mandibular barbels.
As they grow into adulthood they will become deeper
bodied and the spots will take on a ring pattern as
shown in the image below.
up of ring pattern spots in adults
This is one of
the Synodontis that is farmed in the breeding
establishments on the fish farms in the far east but
wild imports are sometimes available from West Africa.
This makes this species relatively inexpensive to
the aquarist and along with its moderate temperament
makes it a great start for venturing into the world
of Mochokidae cats.
river basins from Senegal to Chad (Senegal, Gambia,
Volta, Chad, Niger basins); including the Bénoué.
Type locality: Kunchow Creek, River
Deep body with high long based
adipose fin. Large eyes. Feathered mandibular barbels.
Base colour can vary from a
yellow/brown caste to a light grey. Belly is lighter.
Care & Compatibility
Quite an easy species to keep
in a larger aquarium. Non aggressive.
It is likely that
the sexes can be externally differentiated by females
having a proportionately wider and deeper body than
the males. There may also be differences in the vent
Will eat most prepared aquarium
foods including vegetables such as cucumber.
Fleshy finlike projection without rays, behind the
rayed dorsal fin. Mandibular barbels: Pertaining to
the lower jaw (mandibular barbels).
From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos,
meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced
lower jaw teeth. ocellifers:
David. Catfishes of the World, Vol 2 Mochokidae.
Dunure Publications 1983. Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of
Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance.
Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.