Very similar to the other popular Syno from
the same Lake, the 'Cuckoo Cat',Synodontis
petricola has white edgings to all its fins,
especially the leading ray to the dorsal, whereas Synodontis
multpunctatus has the rear end of the dorsal fin,
white only and has larger eyes. The closest relation,
in colour pattern anyway, is Synodontis
the spots on its body are larger and tend to be more
irregularly rounded and it
usually has a darker body colour and a longer snout.
The make-up of the teeth on these two species also
tells them apart, S. petricola: 31-32, S.
polli: 36-43. You don't tend to see S. polli
(not in the U.K. anyway) very often,
so mistakes are few and far between. Another close
relative is Synodontis
only the juveniles of this species have spots and
not when adult. A more recent noticeable similarity
from the paper by Wright, JJ and LM Page (2006) is
the look-a-like Synodontis
grows smaller has larger spots on the head and differs
from S. petricola by the absence of a pore
beneath the humeral process which is present in S.
petricola. These two species can be difficult
to tell apart, especially as juveniles. Aquarium
Care: Keeping Synodontis petricola
as with the other Lake species tends to be a little
diverse from your run-of-the-mill Syno's as
water parameters are different with the p.H. tending
to be on the alkaline side, and they are best housed
in a large tank ( 3ft or over ) with Cichlids from
the Rift Valley Lakes with a coral substrate, or tufta
rock, to keep the p.H. up if you are in a soft water
area. The most success with this species usually lies
with Rift Valley Cichlid enthusiasts who add this
Syno to their collection for something different.
Diet: In their native habitat they
live on a crustacean diet of snails as do other Lake
Tanganyika catfish and will do well in the aquarium
on a diet of frozen foods such as shrimp, brineshrimp
and mysis. They will also accept tablet foods and
a good quality flake food.
46. April 2000. Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of
Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance.
Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p. Wright, JJ and LM Page
(2006) Taxonomic revision of Lake Taganyikan Synodontis
(Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Florida Mus. Nat. Hist.