Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total):
7; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 10 - 14; Vertebrae:
35 - 36. Body is not compressed; predorsal profile
is slightly convex; skin on body forming numerous
vertical folds; short, flat papillae present, giving
skin a pebbled texture; head slightly depressed and
broad. Eyes dorsolateral, ovoid, its diameter 26.0-33.4%
of snout length. Mandibular teeth 50-66, short and
unicuspid, arranged in 8 short, transverse rows. Maxillary
barbel short, extending to at least to base of pectoral
spine, with small papillae at base and narrow basal
membrane; lateral mandibular barbel extending to point
just past anterior margin of pectoral girdle, with
3-6 short, weakly tuberculate branches, usually lacking
secondary branches; medial mandibular barbel approximately
1/3 to 1/2 length of lateral barbel, with 3-5 pairs
of tuberculate branches, many secondary branches present.
Dorsal fin spine short, striated, slightly curved,
terminating in short, dusky filament; anterior margin
of fin spine granulous, posterior margin with small
serrations distally. Pectoral fin spine roughly equal
in length to dorsal fin spine, striated, slightly
curved, terminating in short, dusky filament; anterior
spine margin granulous, posterior margin with large,
retrorse serrations along entire length. Adipose fin
long, well developed, margin convex. Colouration:
Medium grey/brown with small black/brown spots. Fins
are dark brown with the spines of the dorsal, pectoral
fins, mid brown becoming lighter at the tips. Aquarium
Care: As per Lake Tanganyika species. Remarks:Similar looking to S.
has larger spots to the body. S. ilebrevis
is restricted to the southern end of Lake Tanganyika.
Lake Tanganyika. Type Locality: Chaitika,
Tanzania, Lake Tanganyika.
Wright, JJ and LM Page
(2006) Taxonomic revision of Lake Taganyikan Synodontis
(Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Florida Mus. Nat. Hist.
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Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance.
Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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