Crocodile Island is supposed to have some different looking sorts of synos, it could possibly be one of those but the picture is not good enough to go with any kind of ID or even good guess, a full body shot in the water would be best.
Here are the pics as promised. A little disappointed that only one came in with that aberrant pattern but they are all nice nonetheless. Let know what you think. The smaller ones are polli in my opinion its this big guy that I'm not sure about. Please share your thoughts. I kinda think it may be a pattern morph of the polli but I'm just playing around with ideas.
I don't know if it's the same fish from the first pic I posted which wasn't mine. That pic belongs to the seller. The pics I just posted are 2 different fish the 1st pic is of one fish the 2nd & 3rd pic are the same fish. I only have the one that looks that way.
I agree sticking with crocodile island name is a good idea. If you think those pics are ok to go up on the cat-e-log by all means use them I have many more that may be a bit better. I think I may be able to get some better pics this weekend though.
Okay, that makes sense now...I actually also have an interest in the first picture, you have more fish like this, the spots are too small for polli and polli do not have spots on the anal and ventral fins(which is very possible in ilebrevis).
Would it be too much to ask for more pictures of these?
Aren't these young Synodontis dhonti? The post-cleithral process (humeral process) seems to match, so does the teeth, and the barbels, and head shape. It's just the spots/markings that are different but this could be due to it being a juvenile and the holotype an adult. I can't make out if there is an axillary pore in the fish in this thread.
I'm wary of saying dhonti since it's only known from the holotype & no-one can be sure if juvenilles have spots or not.
I agree...it would be great for redtigrinus to keep us posted on the growth etc. of the fish, It would be nice to see eventual size and possible color in the future...but calling this dhonti would be jumping ahead yet...
Anyone know where crocodile island is in relation to Kilewa Bay?
Crocodile is in the south tip...there is a Kilewe about a third up the east side, just south of the mouth of the Ifume River.