Synodontis courteti Pellegrin, 1906
photo by Hippocampus-Bildarchiv

 Family:  Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
 Max. size:  50 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 8; dH range: 12 - 25,
 Distribution:  Africa: Chad and Niger basins, including the Benue (Ref. 7362, 57223).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: -0. Diagnosis: gill slits not extending ventrally beyond pectoral-fin insertions; post-orbital length at most 60% of snout length; maxillary barbels not fringed or very slightly fringed at base, shorter than head, unbranched and without tubercles or basal membrane; mandibular barbels with thin, simple and rather long ramifications; mandibular teeth short and few, numbering 13-17 (17 in holotype); dorsal-fin spine short and smooth anteriorly; denticulation of pectoral-fin spines finer on outer than on inner margin; humeral process narrow, triangular, pointed and slightly keeled ventrally; adipose fin normally developed and well separated from rayed dorsal fin; head broad, eyes small, in dorso-lateral position; colour pattern of large rounded spots on body and fins (Ref. 57223). Coloration: yellow-olivaceous, darker on back, lighter on belly; back, sides, rayed dorsal fin and adipose fin covered with big black spots which become lighter on belly and smaller on other fins; head covered with numerous, very close-set black points smaller than those on body (Ref. 57223).
 Biology:  Maximum SL was recorded at 450mm, maximum TL at 550mm (Ref. 7362, 57223). Oviparous (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 21.04.94
 Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 09.03.15
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.05.94

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