Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Mochokidae
(Squeakers or upside-down catfishes) > Mochokinae
Etymology: Synodontis: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range - 150 m (Ref. 59365), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Africa: Lake Tanganyika and its tributaries (Ref. 59365, 98755).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59365)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 7. Body compressed laterally (Ref. 59365). Axillary pore absent; mandibular teeth 23-26; body with small spots; fin spines brown; 9-10 pectoral fin rays; black triangles absent on all rayed fins; eye 31.5-38.1% of snout length; premaxillary toothpad interrupted; secondary branches on medial mandibular barbel absent; occipito-nuchal shield not covered by skin; villous papillae present on skin of body; hindgut chamber present (Ref. 59365).
Found in littoral to benthic zones over shell, sand and mud bottoms, to a maximum depth of 150 m; nothing is known about the diet of this species (Ref. 59365). Fairly rare species; hardly anything known about its biology; probable that they are not brood parasites (Ref. 78218).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Wright, J.J. and L.M. Page, 2006. Taxonomic revision of Lake Tanganyikan Synodontis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Bull. Florida Mus. Nat Hist. 46(4):99-154. (Ref. 59365)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01349 (0.00601 - 0.03026), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), in cm total length, 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. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .