Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Nocturnal species (Ref. 6868). Oviparous (Ref. 205).
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Distribution

Range Description

Synodontis alberti is known from throughout the Congo River basin, with exception of the Mweru-Luapula-Bangweulu system.
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Africa: entire Congo basin (Ref. 78218, 82238) except the Zambian Congo (Ref. 78218) and the central forested area (Ref. 2970), in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and probably also Central African Republic.
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Congo River basin, central Africa.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 203 mm TL
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Max. size

20.3 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3202))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Synodontis alberti is a benthopelagic species. It is a nocturnal species (Burgess 1989) and is oviparous with distinct pairing during breeding (Breder and Rosen 1966).

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 4 - 25
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous (Ref. 205). Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Synodontis alberti

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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
Synodontis alberti is commercially used as an aquarium species.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
None known.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Synodontis alberti

Synodontis alberti, the Bigeye squeaker or Alberti Catfish, is a species of upside-down catfish native to the Congo Basin of Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. This species grows to a length of 20.3 centimetres (8.0 in) TL.

Appearance[edit]

The coloration of the Alberti Catfish is a pattern of grey blotches on a brown background. It has long barbels to help it find food and special teeth to gather algae growing on rocks.

In the Aquarium[edit]

This fish should be provided with algae for food, though it will take tablets. It is best kept at a temperature of 22 - 27 C (72 - 81 F), a pH of 6.0 - 8.0 and a hardness of 50 - 200 mgl. It is generally nonagressive to tankmates.

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