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timm 01-02-2008 04:23 PM

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.
password Frisky#1. Please help. Have never found pictures like him

Lupin 01-02-2008 05:13 PM

Try and we need your pictures.:) Hmmm...Can't find the picture in that account anyway.:question:

timm 01-02-2008 05:49 PM

Is my Catfish a Synodontis eupterus?
I can view the image on my hotmail account.

Here is the link to imageshack

lost d plot 01-02-2008 06:01 PM

Lupin 01-02-2008 07:25 PM

It doesn't look like a Synodontis eupterus to me. Do you have clearer pics?

timm 01-02-2008 09:03 PM

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.

Falina 01-02-2008 09:18 PM

The photo isn't clear, but from the colour and bodyshaoe I would say Synodontis nigrita.

timm 01-02-2008 10:09 PM

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.

herefishy 01-05-2008 05:47 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.

timm 01-05-2008 11:37 PM

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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