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post #1 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is my Catfish a Synodontis eupterus?

We've had Buddy (6"+ now) for 17 years. He was from a tank
labelled Up-Side-Down Catfish. However, he can also burp when
he comes to the surface. Lyre-tailed, large angel-wing dorsal fin.
Spotted all over-hard to see spots on dark body. Whiskers on top and bottom of mouth. Mouth more mammalian like than fish like.
All my pictures are jpg, so can't send here. Picture on MSN account
just openned for this purpose. martina_mccann@hotmail.com
password Frisky#1. Please help. Have never found pictures like him

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 06:13 PM
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Try http://imageshack.us and we need your pictures.:) Hmmm...Can't find the picture in that account anyway.

Sent from my desktop or phone or whatever else I am holding on to

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=48&dateline=125741997  2
I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Is my Catfish a Synodontis eupterus?

I can view the image on my hotmail account.

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post #4 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 07:01 PM
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Is this your catfish?

Synodontis eupterus


Mystus leucophasis


Synodontis nigrita


Or maybe one of these...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upside-down_catfish
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 08:25 PM
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It doesn't look like a Synodontis eupterus to me. Do you have clearer pics?

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I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Is my Catfish a Synodontis eupterus?

Thanks to "lost d plot" for being helpful.

He does look like the Synodontis eupterus image you show. The spots on the tail and dorsal fin of my catfish are very evident, but the spots on
the body are almost the same colour as the background (like the spots on a black leapord are).
I looked at the catfishplanet website again. The frontal view (image 4) of the Mochokidae Synodontis frontosus looks very much like my Buddy.
The same cute expression, barbs, mouth and colouring. The body of mine is longer than that of the side view (image 1) of S. frontosus.

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post #7 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 10:18 PM
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The photo isn't clear, but from the colour and bodyshaoe I would say Synodontis nigrita.
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-02-2008, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Is my Catfish a Synodontis eupterus?

Hi Falina. Could be Synodontis Nigrita, but all the images (just checked again) on PlanetCatfish and other sites for this species, even as an
adult have a light main body colour where the spots show up clearly.
On my catfish the background is a greyish bown and even with the
tank light on the spots are barely visible except on the fins. I will call
it quits and just enjoy his anticks whatever he is.

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post #9 of 14 Old 01-05-2008, 06:47 PM
Syn. eupterus. I have four. No doubt in my mind. The high dorsal gives him away. As does the long filiment that will develope as he matures.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-06-2008, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Herefishy,

I have included (hope this works) some more pictures.
Two of the pictures where he is blowing kisses at the surface of the
water are unfortunately out of focus. He comes to the surface
when I call him and blow on the surface of the water. We brought
him with us from Montreal to Calgary (5 days) in a large Tupperware container with a vented top. You wrote that something will
develop when he matures. We have had him for 18 yrs now. How
old does he have to be to be mature?










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