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Synodontis batensoda

(Upsidedown catfish)


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Family : Squeakers or upside-down catfishes ; Omnivore , feeds on plankton , algae and detritus [1]. May also feed on surface insects, chironomid larvae, benthic crustaceans and mollusks[2]. Oviparous [3].

Common Names

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Common Names in Arabic:


Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Brachysynodontis batensoda

Common Names in Creole, English:

Knock-a-knock postmaster

Common Names in English:

Catfish, Upsidedown catfish

Common Names in Finnish:

Paksuripsimonni, Sulkaviiksimonni

Common Names in Hausa:

Farin, Kunguuna folashe, Kurungu

Common Names in Kim:

Al, Ara, Araï, Eh-ere, Walsal, Walseng

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

尼罗河歧须鮠, 尼羅河歧鬚鮠, 貝頓短齒鱨, 贝顿短齿鲿

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Brachysynodontis batensoda

Common Names in Wolof:

Gangue Kala, Gangue-Kala

Common Names in Zande:



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Biome: Marine .


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Brachysynodontis batensoda< /i> (Rüppell • Hemisynodontis membranaceus (Non Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire • Synodontis melanogaster Ehrenberg • Synodontis membranaceus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 24-Mar-2008

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Synodontis

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 57 species and subspecies in this genus:

S. afrofischeri (Fischer's Victoria Squeaker) · S. alberti (Bigeye Squeaker (FB)) · S. angelica (Spotted Upside-Down Catfish) · S. angelicus (Spotted Upside-Down Catfish) · S. batensoda (Upsidedown Catfish) · S. clarias (Squeaker) · S. contracta (Upsidedown Catfish) · S. contractus (Bugeye Squeaker (FB)) · S. decora (Barredtail Squeaker) · S. decorus (Barredtail Squeaker) · S. euptera (Featherfin Squeaker) · S. eupterus (Featherfin Squeaker) · S. filamentosa (Catfish) · S. filamentosus (Catfish) · S. flavitaeniata (Chocolatestriped Squeaker) · S. flavitaeniatus (Orangestriped Squeaker (FB)) · S. frontosa (Sudan Squeaker) · S. frontosus (Sudan Squeaker) · S. fuelleborni (Fuelleborn´s Squeaker) · S. gambiensis (Tsetsentor) · S. geledensis (Geledi Squeaker) · S. leopardina (Leopard Squeaker) · S. leopardinus (Leopard Squeaker) · S. macrostigma (Largespot Squeaker) · S. macrostoma (Largemouth Squeaker) · S. manni (Feather-Barbelled Squeaker) · S. melanostictus (Blotched Upsidedown Catfish) · S. membranacea (Catfish) · S. membranaceus (Catfish) · S. multipunctata (Cuckoo Catfish) · S. multipunctatus (African Catfish) · S. nebulosa (Clouded Squeaker) · S. nebulosus (Clouded Squeaker) · S. nigrita (Catfish) · S. nigriventris (Back-Swimming Congo Catfish) · S. nigromaculata (Blackspotted Squeaker) · S. nigromaculatus (Blackspotted Squeaker (FB)) · S. njassae (Malawi Spotted Catfish) · S. notata (Onespot Squeaker) · S. notatus (Onespot Squeaker (FB)) · S. ocellifer (Catfish) · S. petricola (Cuckoo Catfish) · S. pleurops (Congo Squeaker (FB)) · S. ricardoae (Ricardo´s Squeaker) · S. ruandae (Rwanda Ruandae) · S. rukwaensis (Lake Rukwa Squeaker) · S. schall (Catfish) · S. serpentis (Tana Squeaker) · S. serratus (Shield-Head Catfish) · S. thamalakanensis (Bubblebarb Squeaker) · S. vanderwaali (Finetooth Squeaker) · S. victoriae (Lake Victoria Squeaker) · S. woosnami (Upper Zambezi Squeaker) · S. xiphias (Plain Squeaker) · S. zambezensis (Brown Squeaker) · S. zanzibarica (East Coast Squeaker) · S. zanzibaricus (East Coast Squeaker)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 01, 2008:



  1. Willoughby, N.G. (1974). The ecology of the genus Synodontis (Pisces: Siluriodei) in Lake Kainji, Nigeria. University of Southampton, UK Ph.D. Thesis. 288 p. [back]
  2. Bailey, R.G. (1994). Guide to the fishes of the River Nile in the Republic of the Sudan. J. Nat. Hist. 28:937-970. [back]
  3. Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen (1966). Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06