Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Oviparous (Ref. 205).
  • Gosse, J.-P. 1986 Mochokidae. p. 105-152. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels, MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3202)
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Distribution

Range Description

Synodontis aterrimus is known from the Central Congo River basin. It is not known from the Kwango, Kasai and Lukenie systems.
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Africa: middle Congo River basin (Ref. 78218) in the Ruki, Tshuapa, middle Congo River mainstream and Lomami, in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 82238).
  • Gosse, J.-P. 1986 Mochokidae. p. 105-152. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels, MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3202)
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Central Congo River basin, central Africa.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 115 mm TL
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Max. size

11.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3202))
  • Gosse, J.-P. 1986 Mochokidae. p. 105-152. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels, MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3202)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Synodontis aterrimus is a benthopelagic species. It is oviparous with distinct pairing during breeding (Breder and Rosen 1966).

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous (Ref. 205). Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Moelants, T.

Reviewer/s
Brummett, R., Mbe Tawe, A.N., Dening Touokong, C., Reid, G.M., Snoeks, J. Staissny, M., Moelants, T., Mamonekene, V., Ndodet, B., Ifuta, S.N.B., Chilala, A., Monsembula, R., Ibala Zamba, A., Opoye Itoua, O., Pouomogne, V., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.

Contributor/s

Justification
The species is widespread or without major threats throughout the Central Africa assessment region and is assessed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
No information available.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
None known.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
None known.
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Wikipedia

Synodontis aterrimus

Synodontis aterrimus is a species of upside-down catfish endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where it is found in the middle Congo Basin. This species grows to a length of 11.5 centimetres (4.5 in) TL.

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