a species of upside down catfish from central and lower Congo and is nicknamed the vermiculated Synodontis
. Known as the most attractively marked Synodontis species available in the aquarium trade. As the fish matures the pattern becomes more intensive and looks awesome. This species is mid-sized reaching around five to six inches in length.
The vermiculated Synodontis catfish is native to the Congo basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo and it is listed on the IUCN red list of endangered species
but assessed as least concern. S. schoutedeni has been recorded as induced to breed in captivity by utilizing hormone treatment. This species of catfish is known to be peaceful and solitary but may disturb tank mates with its barbels and restless swimming habits.
Omnivorous in nature S. schoutedeni will accept prepared foods in the aquarium including flake, freeze dried foods and sinking pellets designed for catfish from Africa. Some hobbyists have noted this species to be susceptible to bloat and therefore suggest avoiding live foods for dried foods. This catfish is suitable for the beginning catfish enthusiast or advanced hobbyist who simply enjoys the gorgeous vermiculated pattern of this Synodontis species