Synodontis robertsi

18. August 2014

The squeakers (Synodontis) are a very species-rich genus. More than 130 species are known, all of them originate from Africa. In the countries of their origin most species are used for food. In the aquarium hobby most species are unknown with a few exceptions.

Among the most pretty, smallest and rarest species of Synodontis is S. robertsi. Finally we were able to import a small number of that rarity once more. The species became known to science only in 1974. As far as it is known it lives exclusively in the river Lukenie, which is a tributary to the central Congo river. The maximum length reported for S. robertsi is about 10 cm. Against conspecifics and other fish this squeaker is completely peaceful. Squeakers are most active at dawn, but well settled specimens leave their hiding places also during daytime, especially when the fish are fed.

Squeakers are omnivorous fishes that feed readily on any type of usual fish food. These fish become usually very old in aquaria. They reach easily an age of 10 years or more.

For our customers: the fish have code 186302 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Lexicon: Synodontis: an ancient name for a nowadays unknown species of fish in the Nile river. robertsi: dedication name.

Common name: Roberts´ squeaker

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft D. R. Congo
Verfügbare Größe in cm 6-8