|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Synodontis lucipinnis Wright & Page, 2006|
|Common Name(s)||Dwarf Lake Syno, Dwarf Lake Synodontis, False Cuckoo Catfish|
|Type Locality||Musende Rocks, Zambia, Lake Tanganyika, 8°46'00''S, 31°07'00''E.|
|Pronunciation||sin oh don tiss - loo see pin niss|
|Etymology||Synodontis: From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos, meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced lower jaw teeth. From the Latin luci, meaning bright or clear, and pinnis, meaning fin. In reference to the light patches found at the base of the black triangles on the rayed fins.|
|Size||100mm (3.9") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||All species in the genus Synodontis have a hardened head cap that has attached a process (humeral process) which is situated behind the gill opening and pointed towards the posterior. The dorsal fin and pectoral fins have a hardened first ray which is serrated. Caudal fin is always forked. There is one pair of maxillary barbels, sometimes having membranes and occasionally branched. The two pairs of mandibular barbels are often branched and can have nodes attached. The cone-shaped teeth in the upper jaw are short. S-shaped and movable in the lower jaw. These fish produce audible sounds when disturbed rubbing the base of the pectoral spine against the pectoral girdle.
Similar to other described catfish from the lake. The cuckoo catfish, Synodontis multipunctatus, is the most common import and you, occasionally, may also encounter S. polli, S. dhonti and S.tanganyicae. All sport the distinctive white barbels and are spotted as juveniles to some degree or other and thus another form of quick identification prevails - S. petricola and S. lucipinnis are the only species with a solid white leading dorsal and pectoral fin ray and the spotted body pattern. This fish however appears to be growing to a smaller mature size than S. petricola and is less heavily spotted in comparison. S. petricola can be differentiated from S. lucipinnis by the former having smaller spots on the head than the body spots.
|Sexing||See male and female image above.|
|Distribution||Musende Rocks area, Zambia, Lake Tanganyika.
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||6.5 - 8.5|
|Temperature||22.0-24.0°C or 71.6-75.2°F (Show others within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Surprisingly this species reproduces in less than neutral pH water condition much removed from those found in it's native habitat.|
|Feeding||A very easy fish to feed. All prepared foods are accepted and the fish will eat heavily thus making conditioning a relatively simple task.|
|Furniture||Bogwood is utilised although rock clusters appear more preferable. Seems to enjoy long, tall, flowing plants such as giant Vallisneria.|
|Compatibility||A social species tolerant of their own kind and unimposing.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Given that the fish doesn't require the water conditions normally associated with rift valley cichlids this renders virtually any aquarium fish of a suitable size and disposition a good tankmate. It's a community catfish for the masses!|
|Breeding||Reports are mixed as to whether this species is or is not a cuckoo spawner, possibly due to incorrect determination of species that have spawned. Videoed spawnings indicate that it is not a parasitic ''cuckoo'' spawner but rather an egg scatterer. See Catfish of the month article.|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Birger (k: 9), (2) synoguy (k: 3), (3) zenyfish (k: 7), (4) Richard B (k: 8), (5) caudalis (k: 2), (6) Oliver D. (k: 6), (7) Noesis (k: 5), (8) GreenSynoMan, (9) Floody (k: 4), (10) kntrygrl4lyfe, (11) garibaldi, (12) teknikAL, (13) einstein-a-go-go, (14) Barbie, (15) kvnbyl (k: 20), who also notes: "sold some, got to pay the electric bill somehow!", (16) alga (k: 6), (17) Landlubber, (18) jollysue (k: 7), (19) dwfish, (20) unblinded (k: 11), (21) FTLOSM, (22) goodmike (k: 25), (23) nascar2 (k: 9), (24) straitjacketstar (k: 3), (25) drgold (k: 13), (26) tomr (p: 3, k: 12), (27) Didgeridoo (k: 7), (28) Julie, (29) oxdeleon, (30) zappa0609, (31) cathje (k: 10), (32) d_frag, (33) worton[pl] (k: 5), (34) Moomoo, (35) Ak Viking (p: 2, k: 34), (36) DragonGT83, (37) Axlelene, (38) Phyllonemus, (39) andywoolloo (k: 12), (40) Azarak, (41) jha61, (42) oliv67, (43) Yann (k: 5), (44) Derzel, (45) drpleco (k: 5), (46) jippo (k: 4), (47) Humunuku (k: 7), (48) Bloodywertzie (k: 3), who also notes: "In 3 foot community tank.", (49) PeterUK (k: 3), (50) scleropages (k: 18), (51) gtuser (k: 4), who also notes: "Unure of sex mix, but have so far found 6 fry in tank - can't confirm if spawned via 'Cuckoo' or 'Egg scattering' method.", (52) zigster, (53) syno321, (54) smithrc, (55) wimmels, (56) I_Xeno (k: 5), (57) Syno Rey (k: 12), who also notes: "6 one inch babies in my 55 gal. with one and a half inch Elongatus Chewere fry", (58) shivamotiram, (59) DeepFriedIctalurus, (60) slayer5590, who also notes: "Lost 1 on 10/24/2012", (61) catfishhunter, (62) TheCichlidKid15, (63) fleahound (p: 2, k: 4), (64) rsyno (p: 2), (65) zipper, (66) Margie (k: 33), (67) tjudy, (68) richb, (69) shooter50014 (k: 6), (70) lasteeves (k: 20), who also notes: "We have three groups; one group of 10 adults and 10 juveniles split into two unequal groups. Interested in egg-collection/fry-rearing techniques.", (71) Ostafrika-Barsche, (72) redtigrinus, (73) eirisallen, (74) m1ke715m, (75) coachdavis73044 (k: 3), (76) Old MacDonald, (77) msjinkzd (k: 6), (78) igol66 (k: 8), who also notes: "SUPER CUTE!", (79) Marklar (k: 8), who also notes: "House in 450L Tanganyikan community tank with rock-dwelling and shell-dwelling cichlids and cyprichromis. Also housed in same tank are 6 S.multipunctatus.
Water naturally hard and buffered to pH 8.2
Sharp-sand and raised slate tile substrate, sandstone rock formations
Feeding as per cichlids (New Era red and green sinking pellets and Tanganyikan cichlid flake) and no doubt numerous cichlid fry.", (80) adoo, (81) Madtundra01, (82) 24tropheus (k: 7), who also notes: "Usualy in general Tang community. 72"x24"x24"
Bed em in a 36"x12"x15" and kept and sold some young.
Back in community now.", (83) craigc.
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- CotM 2001 June
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|Last Update||2013 Jan 31 09:25 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)|
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