Synodontis omias G√ľnther, 1864
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 Family:  Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
 Max. size:  36 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic,
 Distribution:  Africa: central Niger Basin (Ref. 57223). Reports from the Cross basin (Ref. 52861, 85170) need confirmation.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: -0. Diagnosis: (the description that follows fits the only whole specimen identified as this species, the type specimen being reduced to a skeleton) gill slits not extending ventrally beyond pectoral-fin insertions; maxillary barbels not fringed, longer than head, without branches or tubercles, but with a distinct, short, basal membrane; mandibular barbels with thick, subdivided ramifications, those of the inner pair even tuberculate; mandibular teeth moderately developed, numbering 55; denticulation on pectoral-fin spines weaker on outer than on inner margins; dorsal-fin spine anteriorly smooth; 1st ray of dorsal and anal fins, as well as both caudal-fin lobes, prolonged into filaments; humeral process pointed, granulose and with 3 backwards pointing spines on ventral margin (young individuals have only the posterior spine slightly developed); adipose fin normally developed and rather distinctly separated from rayed dorsal fin (Ref. 57223). Coloration: body of the alcohol-preserved specimen uniformly light brown (Ref. 57223).
 Biology:  Maximum total length was recorded at 43.0cm (Ref. 57223). Oviparous (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 22.04.94
 Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 06.03.15
 Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 17.05.94

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