Synodontis is not very common in imports but is
certainly one of the nicest marked specimens from
the Synodontis genus.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.
Poll noted that the pectoral spines are highly serrated
on the front edge and this character could be individual
to this species. I find that a good method of identification
are the spots on the head area which also reside on
the head shield and to the beginning of the humeral
process, (the part of the head shield that projects
back just above the pectoral fins).
specimen showing breeding tube
genus Synodontis sports three pairs of barbels
1 pair: maxillary, 1 pair: outer mandibular and one
pair of inner mandibular barbels that are branched
(filaments). There are only three species that have
filaments on their maxillary barbels as well as the
mandibular, and they are, S.
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.
Pectoral spines highly serrated
on the front edge.
Yellow to light tan background
with small spots to head area. Rest of body with brown
spots and blotches. Spots and blotches carry on into
the adipose fin.
Care & Compatibility
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
Will take most prepared aquarium
foods such as frozen bloodworm, whiteworm, shrimp,
prawns, tablet food, flake food and pellets. A wide
varied diet will provide a healthy specimen for many
From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos,
meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced
lower jaw teeth. waterloti:After
a personal name.
C.J. Jr., 2007.
Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Sands,
David. Catfishes of the World, Vol 2 Mochokidae.
Dunure Publications 1983.