Caught in its natural habitat
Description: Like all members of
the genus Synodontis, S. centralis
has a strong, bony head capsule that extends back
as far as the first spine of the dorsal fin. The head
contains a distinct narrow, bony, external protrusion
called a humeral process and has three pairs of barbels.
The maxillary barbels are on located on the upper
jaw, and two pairs of mandibular barbels are on the
lower jaw. The adipose fin is large and the tail,
or caudal fin, is forked. Reproduction:
Spawning likely occurs during the flooding season
between July and October, and pairs swim in unison
during spawning. The growth rate is rapid in the first
year, then slows down as the fish age. Aquarium
Care: They hide in the aquarium during the
day so would need hiding places such as pipes/tubing.
Diet: Most prepared aquarium foods
plus mosquito larvae.
Central Congo basin. Type locality:
Ndwa village, Kunungu, Zaire.
Albert (1909). Catalogue of the fresh-water
fishes of Africa in the British museum (Natural history).
London: British Museum. pp. 397–398. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2021. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 06/2021 ). H. M. Bishai & Y. B. Abu Gideiri
(1965). "Studies on the biology of genus Synodontis
at Khartoum". Hydrobiologia. 26 (1–2):