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Synodontis melanostictus  Boulenger, 1906

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
Etymology: Synodontis: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Boulenger.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; depth range ? - 150 m (Ref. 59365).   Tropical, preferred ?

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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)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (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).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

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. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01380 (0.00610 - 0.03124), 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 to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .