|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Synodontis granulosa Boulenger, 1900|
|Common Name(s)||Granny, White Seam Synodontis|
|Type Locality||N. end of Lake Tanganyika.|
|Pronunciation||sin oh don tiss - gran you LOW suss|
|Etymology||Synodontis: From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos, meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced lower jaw teeth.|
|Size||250mm (9.8") 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.
At least 1/3 to 1/2 of all fins have a snow white edging. Long white barbles. Inky sheen to brownish body which bears a spotted pattern in younger fish. The contrast of this spotting diminishes with age.
|Sexing||Both sexes have identical colouration. Females grow slightly larger and tend to be plumper than males. Males have a 4-5 mm genital papilla near the anus.|
|Distribution||Lake Tanganyika, East Africa
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||7.8 - 8.4|
|Temperature||24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show others within this range)|
|Feeding||Voracious eater that will accept virtually all aquarium food, but prefers meaty foods such as shrimp and clam. Apparently feeds on small molluscs in the wild.|
|Furniture||A network of caves formed by piling up rocks, with ample swimming space above. Vallisneria and / or hornwort is optional.|
|Compatibility||Best kept in a tank of 125 gallons (500 liters) or more. May become reclusive and aggressive in tanks smaller than 70 gallons (250 liters). May jump out of tank in first few days after initial introduction.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Tanganyikan Synodontis, robust Tanganyikan cichlids and Tanganyika eels.|
|Breeding||Breeding has been reported by a UK based wholesaler, but no details have been made available. Has also been bred by hormone injection in Eastern Europe.|
|References||Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 7)v. 6 (no. 35) - pp480|
|Registered Keepers||(1) sidguppy (k: 6), (2) synoguy, (3) Richard B (k: 3), who also notes: "Two small individuals which are tank bred from the spawnings reported in the threads in PC. Clearly one of the individuals is superior to the other & bosses the other at times. At 6 May 07 they are both around 47mm TL & still show the small dark spots
", (4) caudalis (k: 2), (5) synodont_fan, (6) Julie (k: 10), who also notes: "Appears to be two color types. One is more of a tan/light grey body and the other is a darker gray almost black body with a darker gray belly.
Fish are distributed in 3 different 75 gallon tanks.", (7) derrickrscott, (8) unblinded (k: 4), who also notes: "My wife gave up the fight, I now own 4. Astonishingly beautiful, though. Got 2-4 on 9/17/12.", (9) toby (k: 4), (10) michele, (11) Majolica, (12) dasfocus198720, (13) zigster, (14) Miss Dib Dabs, (15) SHEAG, (16) arapaimag, (17) maynard1982 (k: 2), (18) nerdoutlaw (k: 2), (19) amiidae, (20) zipper, (21) james gilbertson, who also notes: "Again a very shy fish, so stunning but only comes out when i turn off the lights for the night, bought from a garden centre as a common syno, result :)", (22) richb (k: 2), who also notes: "This pair lived pretty happily in the tub until just a few months ago. One of the pair started appearing a bit tattered. I pulled it and it is recovering in a 55 gallon tank. I would like to add them to the 900 gallon sometime and see if they would spwan. Very cool, but shy.", (23) taylor1410, (24) shooter50014, (25) lasteeves, (26) Ostafrika-Barsche.
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- CotM 2003 January
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|Last Update||2012 Jun 07 20:39 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)|
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