Mochokidae

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Synodontis alberti, Bigeye Synodontis Catfish. Aaron Norman

Overview

These are African catfishes with large adipose fins (the usually insignificant fin between the dorsal and tail fins).

They are known as "squeakers" by local African peoples for the sounds they make when taken from the water. When netted, they often produce squeaking noises.

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Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: SQUEAKERS or UPSIDE-DOWN CATFISH


Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 0 0
Genera 11 1
Species 179 8


Captive care: Generally easy to care for, but some species are too large for small community tanks.

Feeding: Omnivores. Will take all manner of meaty fare, Spirulina flakes, pellets, frozen and live foods, especially worms. Black worms have successfully been used to condition breeding pairs.

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Reference: Fishes of the World
Text credit: AN
Ref: Nelson, J.S., 1984