Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Mochokidae
(Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
Etymology: Synodontis: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81251)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11. Maxillary barbels without distinct basal membrane; mandibular barbels with few, non-tuberculate ramifications except for internal pair where ramifications are slightly tuberculate (Ref. 81251). Snout broad and subrounded (Ref. 81251). Mouth twice as wide as long long with well-developed, papillate lips; low number of premaxillary teeth forming a band as long as the eye; movable mandibular teeth forming a transverse band, 42-50 in number (Ref. 81251). Humeral process is large, acutely pointed, rugose and with a slight keel on the lower side, 1.9 longer than deep (Ref. 81251). Dorsal spine serrated along anterior edge (Ref. 81251). Base of adipose fin is 1.4 times longer than distance from dorsal to adipose fin and 4.1 times deeper (Ref. 81251). Pectoral fin spine prolonged by a filament, and strongly serrated along the interior edge, more than along the posterior edge (Ref. 81251). Pelvic fin not reaching the anal fin (Ref. 81251). Anal fin rounded (Ref. 81251). Caudal fin deeply forked with two equal lobes (Ref. 81251). Caudal peduncle as long as deep (Ref. 81251).
Colour: Body and belly marbled or spotted; spots are smaller on the head and form marbling on the flank and the belly; a light median band present; fins with brownish spots arranged in transverse series (Ref. 81251).
Africa: Ntem River and Ivindo River (Ref. 81251).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous (Ref. 205). Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Fermon, Y., J. Friel, H.H. Ng and D. De Weirdt, 2007. Mochokidae. p. 698-752. In M.L.J. Stiassny, G.G. Teugels and C.D. Hopkins (eds.) The fresh and brackish water fishes of Lower Guinea, West-Central Africa. Volume I. Collection Faune et Flore tropicales 42. Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, and Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium. 800 pp. (Ref. 81251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01380 (0.00615 - 0.03096), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .