Dorsal: 1/7, Anal: 4/4-9 Characteristic of this species
is the smooth anterior face of the dorsal spine, the
narrow separation of the eyes and the large size of
the eyes. Colouration: Palegrey to cream coloured with dark brown to black
blotches which may run together to form irregular
broad transverse bars. Belly uniformly black (nigriventris).
The fins are often darkly spotted on a colourless
In groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium
size 80 cm. A very social Synodontis. Diet:
Oviparous, Feeds mainly at night on insects, crustaceans
and plant matter. A good diet of a good quality flake
food, tablet food, frozen bloodworm and live food
such as daphnia should suffice. Remarks:
There is another variety which you can see in the
three thumbnails named S. nigriventris "zebra".
It may be an undescribed species or it may be just
a colour variety of the normal nigriventris,
only time will tell on this issue. The normal nigriventris
comes from all over the Congo drainage and the "zebra"
variety from the region around the town of Kutu, Bandundu
and Lac Leopold 11 in the Dem. Republic of the Congo.