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Scientific NameSynodontis sp. hybrid(3)   
Common NameZebrinus Syno
Pronunciationsin oh don tiss
EtymologySynodontis: From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos, meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced lower jaw teeth. 
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Size 260mm or 10.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationAll 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.

A ''new'' species that according to the Baensch Atlas was first imported in to Moscow, Russia. Much remains unclear surrounding this species not least. Current thinking is that it is not a naturally ocurring species but is a man made beauty. Referred to as Synodontis sp. ''zebrinus'' - this is not a valid scientific name. Reminiscent of S. schoutedeni.
SexingFirst lay the fish in your hand with its head toward your palm and the tail toward your fingers. Hold the dorsal spine between your middle and ring finger so the fish is belly up and you won't get stuck (Which by the way, hurts like crazy!). The genital pore is in a small furrow of tissue (in healthy fish) and will be obstructed by the pelvic fins. Pull down on the tail gently to arch the fishes spine and the pelvic fins will stand and the furrow open to display the genital pore and the anus of the fish. The male has a somewhat ridged genital papillae on which the spermatoduct is on the back side, facing the tail fin. A gravid female will also show an extended papillae but the oviduct is on the ventral side of the papillae (And may also show a little redness if really gravid). A thin or emaciated female will have just two pink pores, the oviduct and the anus.
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DistributionThought to be from the Congo - details sketchy at best.
pH6.0 - 8.0
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThis species has no particular water requirements.
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FeedingOmnivorous. This fish is not a fussy eater.
FurnitureA big pile of rocks with plenty of spaces between the rocks or a jumble of pipes are best. These should be arranged so that the fish can rest upside down or vertically but rarely the ''normal'' way up.
CompatibilityMiddle of the road. Not a timid species, but not outwardly vicious either. Tolerates conspecifics given plenty of territory littered with rocks and wood to divide it up.
BreedingNot recorded in hobby literature, but various Synodontis species have been reproduced using hormone induction methods. Whether these fish have been created using such methods is unknown.
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ReferencesGrant, Steven Synodontis sp. 'zebrinus' Cat Chat, Vol.4 Issue 3
Aquarium Atlas Vol. 5, Baensch & Evers 2002
Registered Keepers(1) Landlubber, (2) Majolica, (3) Syno Rey, (4) theviper06, (5) WadeNCreeks.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Jul 11 18:11 (species record created: 2003 Oct 03 00:00)