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Synodontis ID
January 19, 2015
3:00 am
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Dana
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Hello all!

I already asked for ID help in another forum about 1 year ago, but nobody could give me a definite answer. Maybe someone can help me here.

Short story: I found two Synodontis juveniles in a dealer tank end of Oct. 2012. They were together with wild Synodontis multipunctatus juveniles, but looked different then all the other S. multipunctatus. 

In the meantime they are about 13 cm (TL) and their body shape remembers somehow of puffers. :-) One of the two got even thicker in the past weeks and I assume it might be a gravid female.
The other African catfishes (Synodontis petricola, Microsynodontis sp Nigeria) in the tank are normal slim, except for females, only when gravid.

Best regards

Dana

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January 19, 2015
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I would say that they don't resemble any of the described species. Has the possibility that they are hybrids been mooted?

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January 19, 2015
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Yes Matt, that possibility has been mooted.
One can never know precisely what happens with fishes while beeing transferred from one dealer to the other. Maybe the two are aquarium hybrids and were just mixed with the S. multipunctatus.
On the other side, as far as I know, Synodontis hybrids are possible even in the wild.
Last but not least, I read on africhthy.org that many african species are still not described. I don´t know what to believe.

January 19, 2015
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Yep, hybridisation is quite common in wild fishes and is also a possible mechanism by which speciation, i.e., formation of new species, occurs. Don't see any reason why this could not occur in Synodontis.

What do you think?

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January 20, 2015
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Matt said
Yep, hybridisation is quite common in wild fishes and is also a possible mechanism by which speciation, i.e., formation of new species, occurs. Don't see any reason why this could not occur in Synodontis.

What do you think?

Copied the thread to a facebook group on african catfish. First answer: hybrid of multipunctatus x eupterus. Which is definetily unnatural...

 

martin

January 20, 2015
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Martin G. said

Matt said
Yep, hybridisation is quite common in wild fishes and is also a possible mechanism by which speciation, i.e., formation of new species, occurs. Don't see any reason why this could not occur in Synodontis.

What do you think?

Copied the thread to a facebook group on african catfish. First answer: hybrid of multipunctatus x eupterus. Which is definetily unnatural...

martin

Thanks Martin. I have just found the site of an american fish farm, showing several Synodontis hybrids. I never knew there are so many.
Here is a pic of a S. multipunctatus x eupterus (or is it a S. multipunctatus x decora hybrid?):
http://www.segrestfarms.com/in.....tatus.html
Quite confusing.

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