Synodontis afrofischeri Hilgendorf, 1888
Fischer's Victoria squeaker
photo by Seegers, L.

Family:  Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes), subfamily: Mochokinae
Max. size:  17.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6 - 8; dH range: 5 - 25; depth range 0 - 70 m,
Distribution:  Africa: Lakes Victoria, Nabugabo and Kyoga, affluent rivers of Lake Victoria, Victoria Nile (Ref. 4903). Also found in the Lake Rukwa drainage (Ref. 27292), the Malagarazi River (Ref. 54847, 98755) and the Middle Akagera system (Ref. 46152, 54979). Specimens from Kingani River (=Ruvu River) are misidentifications of S. orientalis (Ref. 78218).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7. 32-54 mandibular teeth. Maxillary barbels reaching almost to the origin of the pelvic fin in some specimens and to the tip of the humeral process in others. Outer mandibular barbels with slender branches, inner pair with shorter, but slender branches. Marbled yellowish-brown (marbling is extremely variable, some individuals uniformly brown) (Ref. 34290).
Biology:  Lives in streams and rivers and in lakes, where it prefers shore regions (Ref. 78218). More common in rivers than in lakes (Ref. 12526). Common in marginal vegetation of Kagera River (Ref. 4903). Replaces S. victoriae in shallow waters of Lake Victoria (Ref. 4903), prefers areas less than 20 m deep (Ref. 34290). Feeds on insects (Povilla and chironomid larvae) and molluscs (Ref. 12526). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Rarely grows to lengths greater than 15 cm SL (Ref. 34290).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 December 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 20.04.94
Modified by: Geelhand, Dimitri - 11.12.15
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.05.94

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