Not very abundant in the Lake
so the price in your LFS will always be high if you
are lucky enough to see this beautiful species. Description:
All members of Syndontis have a structure called a
premaxillary toothpad, which is located on the very
front of the upper jaw of the mouth. This structure
contains several rows of short, chisel-shaped teeth.
In some species, this toothpad is made up of a large
patch with several rows in a large cluster. In other
species of Synodontis, this toothpad is clearly
divided into two separate groups, separated by a thin
band of skin that divides the toothpad. This character
is used as a method of differentiating between two
different but similar species of Synodontis.
In S. granulosus, the toothpad is uninterrupted,
or continuous without a break. On the lower jaw, or
mandible, the teeth of Synodontis are attached
to flexible, stalk-like structures and described as
"s-shaped" or "hooked". The number
of teeth on the mandible is used to differentiate
between species; in S. granulosus, there
are 28 to 51 teeth on the mandible, arranged in a
single row. Colouration: The body
color is slate gray to olive-brown with a dark sheen;
juveniles display a spotted pattern that fades with
age. The underside ranges from pale yellow to gray.
Most of the species of Synodontis of Lake
Tanganyika have a recognisable pattern consisting
of dark triangles at the bases of all of the rayed
fins, present in S. granulosus, and the back
edges of the fins are white to yellowish in colour.
The caudal fin has a black bar that runs from the
base of each lobe to the top of the fin and the barbels
are white; the bases sometimes have scattered pigmentation.
Reproduction: The reproductive habits
of most of the species of Synodontis are
not known, beyond some instances of obtaining egg
counts from gravid females. Spawning likely occurs
during the flooding season between July and October,
and pairs swim in unison during spawning. Aquarium
Care:Usually better to
keep as a lone specimen as two individuals will fight.
Either that or keep five or six in a large aquarium
as this will dilute the aggression. Will be okay with
other species of Synodontis. Diet:Omnivores: Will eat most aquarium fare, vegetable,
meaty and prepared foods. Remarks:
Keep as with all members of Synodontis from
Lake Tanganyika, with a higher p.H. value.
North end of Lake Tanganyika.