Synodontis comoensis Daget & Lévêque, 1981
photo by Mody, K.

Family:  Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
Max. size:  17.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic, potamodromous
Distribution:  Africa: endemic to the Comoé basin (Côte d'Ivoire)(Ref. 57223).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: -0. Diagnosis: gill slits not extending ventrally beyond pectoral-fin insertions; post-orbital length at least 60% of snout length; maxillary barbels unbranched, longer than head, without tubercles and bordered by a dark basal membrane; outer mandibular barbels with long and simple ramifications; branches of inner mandibular barbels shorter, thicker and tuberculate; mandibular teeth slender and short, numbering 56-70 (63 in the holotype); denticulations of pectoral-fin spines stronger on inner than on outer margin; dorsal-fin spine long and smooth anteriorly; first branched dorsal-fin ray prolonged into a black filament that may be rather long; humeral process triangular and narrow, ending in a blunt point, not keeled ventrally; adipose fin moderately developed, rounded posteriorly and distinctly separated from rayed dorsal fin; eyes large (Ref. 57223). Coloration: body more or less uniformly greyish, often finely speckled on back, sides and adipose fin, this pattern being much more distinct in pale specimens (Ref. 57223).
Biology:  Maximum TL was recorded at 22.0 cm (Ref. 57223). Oviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 15 October 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.91
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 13.03.15
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.05.94

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