The unusual trait of this Synodontis
is the long extension of the dorsal fin which can
reach as far back as its caudal fin and along with
its attractive body colouration and docile nature,
makes it one of the more popular catfish of this genus.
There has been reported hybrids of this species in
the trade and they have been proven to be more quarrelsome.
Aquarium Care: You will have to choose
its tankmates carefully as small characins will be
viewed as lunch to an adult S. decorus on
its night-time foraging but a good addition to a large
community tank. Diet: In their native
habitat they live on invertebrates, small fishes and
crustaceans.In the aquarium they will take a wide
range of foods bearing in mind that it might be better
to feed at night to make sure that they get their
fair share in a community tank. They will accept live
food, frozen food (bloodworm) tablet foods and a good
quality flake food.
Synodontis labeo, Synodontis
Congo basin except Luapula River system. Type
locality: Léopoldville et Nouvelle-Anvers;
[restricted to Nouvelle-Anvers by lectotype designation]
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. ScotCat
54. Dec. 2000.