katangae is found in the Congo River basin with
the largest population occurring in the Luombwa River
system of Angola. The largest known specimen had a
body length of 240mm. The pectoral fin bones of katangae
are said to resemble thick boomerangs. Colouration:
The background body colour goes through a small number
of 'life stages' and in adults is light grey-purple.
There are drawings and photographs of S. katangae
that show fish with neat rows of tiny spots upon their
bodies, others showing fish with up to 18 large black
spots spread over their bodies, and also other specimens
having a much lower number of body spots that are
'bunched' towards the caudal peduncle. Perhaps the
spotting, as in Synodontis
with age?. Aquarium Care: Although
active S.katangae has proven to
be a peaceful species which lives quite happily in
the company of Golden Australe killifish and various
Betta species (including Betta picta). He
enjoys the peace afforded by a bogwood cave and is
an avid consumer of bloodworms. (Source: Marshall.
David, ScotCat Article 75).
Congo basin, High Katanga and Luapula-Moero. Lukonzolwa,
Lake Moero [Lake Mweru], Zaire. Type
locality: Lukonzolwa, lac Moëro.