Mystus leucophasis (formerly: Heterobagrus leucophasis)

30. January 2014

The Upside-Down-Cat from the Congo (Synodontis nigriventris, see is known by any aquarists child. But even experienced aquarists often don´t know that in Asia (in Burma) also occurs an upside down swimming species: Mystus leucophasis which can attain a maximum length of about 30 cm, but is commonly found 15-20 cm long.

The schooling instinct in our bustling juveniles, which are currently 4-6 cm long and always quarreling, is that strong that it took a lot of patience to make a photo of a solitary swimming individual. From a length of about 8-10 cm on the currently mainly pitchblack fish develop snowwhite spots on the flanks.

For our customers: the animals have code 421492 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer