From the recent scientific
paper by Wright, J.J. and L.M. Page.
2006 this species is very much like S.
diagnosis for both species is virtually identical
and the main differences concern the smaller eye in
S. multipunctatus, more fin rays in the dorsal
and pectoral fins, and the much larger adult size.
It is quite difficult to differentiate between the
two species from pictures and if you can count
the fin rays (ii,7 in S.grandiops and ii,8
in S. multipunctatus) in living animals that
is a much better bet. Aquarium Care:
Can be kept with Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi Cichlids.
Best kept in groups in a medium to large tank. Alkaline
water parameters are best for this and all Lake Tanganyika
species. Diet: All aquarium fish
foods are taken, flake foods, tablet, pellet and frozen
foods. Reproduction: This is of course
a cuckoo spawner and as such are "brood parasites".
They received this name when it was discovered that
they use mouth brooding cichlids as a host for their
eggs to hatch. There are two articles listed above
(ScotCat Sources) for information on breeding this
Lake Tanganyika, southern end of lake in The Dem.Rep.
of Congo, near to the Zambian border. Type
locality: Lake Tanganyika.
Wright, J.J. and L.M.
Page. 2006 Taxonomic
revision of Lake Taganyikan Synodontis (Siluriformes:
Mochokidae). Florida Mus. Nat. Hist. Bull. 46(4):99-154.