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  • Microsynodontis batesii
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Scientific NameMicrosynodontis batesii  Boulenger, 1903
Common NamesAfrican Bumblebee Catfish
Nyong Syno, Zwerg-Synodontis (Germany)
Type LocalityMvile R., s. Cameroon.
Pronunciationmike row sin oh don tiss
EtymologyMicrosynodontis: From the Greek mikros, meaning small, and synodontis; in reference to the small size of members of this genus. Named after a Mr. G. L. Bates, who collected the fish for Boulenger.
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Size 85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe genus Microsynodontis has an interrupted lateral line. The caudal fin is usually rounded or truncate, sometimes with a slight indent. There is a long adipose fin with no fin ray. Three pairs of barbels with the mandibular barbels branched.

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SexingMales have a more slender genital papilla immediately in front of anus. Mature males have secondary sexual characters including hair-like structures over most of the body and head, and a greatly elongated caudal fin.
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DistributionWest Africa, from the Niger River drainage south and east to the Congo River drainage.
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusData Deficient
pH6.4 - 7.0
Temperature24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThere are reports in some instances of the fish doing better in neutral to slightly hard water (pH 7.0-7.4).
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FeedingWill eat a wide variety of prepared and frozen foods.
FurnitureProvide plenty of driftwood and/or rocks as hiding places.
CompatibilityA good catfish for the community/African concept tank, though it is somewhat retiring and may not like tankmates that are too boisterous.
Suggested TankmatesGood with many small- to mid-sized community fish. Ideal tankmates include riverine Synodontis, congo tetras (Phenacogrammus interruptus), or African barbs such as Barbus callipterus.
BreedingNot recorded.
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1903, v. 1 (pt 1) - pp26 - Pl. 4
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) TP (k: 10), (3) V, (4) synosteve (k: 2), (5) Fbertrand, (6) zedogz, (7) tezr (p: 2), (8) malawiman1 (p: 3), (9) scotty105 (k: 2), (10) jippo, (11) oanes (k: 2), (12) NC24, (13) xsweeneyx, (14) Lilredbeaver, (15) lasteeves (k: 2), (16) pawel060, (17) corybreed, (18) chriscoli, (19) plecofanatic12345 (k: 15), (20) apo1980, (21) synolover, (22) Mistyotis.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2003 May
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 10:03 (species record created: 2002 Aug 31 00:00)