Two weeks ago we presented to you some species of catfish we imported from Nigeria. This wonderful shipment contained also some by-catches, which are species that were sent erroneously along with the ordered specimens.
One of these by-catches came with Synodontis clarias. It was the extremely rarely imported species Synodontis sorex. This "Scissortail-Squeaker
" has a very unusaul shape of the mouth that looks rather like the suckermouth of a South American Ancistrus than like the typical mouth of a Synodontis. In fact, S. sorex is able to feed very effective from plain surfaces like stones, roots, plant leaves etc.
The animals - a total of seven individuals - were given to a specialist for Synodontis who keeps a very large aquarium. They showed much more schooling behavior than we are used to see in Synodontis. S. sorex is said to attain a maximum length of more than 40 cm. Adults are uniformly grey and very deep bodied. This is one of the reasons why we gave the fish to a specialist: we are very curious how our fish will develop!!