Synodontis obesus

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Taxonavigation: Siluriformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis/Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Infraclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Ostariophysi
Series: Otophysi
Ordo: Siluriformes

Familia: Mochokidae
Subfamilia: Mochokinae
Genus: Synodontis
Species: Synodontis obesus


Lectotype: BMNH 1896.5.5.67. Paralectotypes: BMNH 1881.7.20.5-6 (2).

Type locality: Opobo River, Old Calabar, Nigeria.[1]

Etymology: The specific name is from the Latin obesus (= fat).



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  • Pellegrin, J.; 1927: Description d'un Siluridé nouveau du Cameroun appartenant au genre Synodontis. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 52: 365–366.
  • Pellegrin, J.; 1929: Siluridés, Cyprinodontidés, Acanthoptérygiens du Cameroun recueillis par M. Th. Monod. Description de cinq espèces et deux variétés nouvelles. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 54: 358–369.
  • Poll, M.; 1971: Révision des Synodontis Africains (Famille Mochocidae). Annales du Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Serie 8, Sciences Zoologiques, 191: 1–497.
  • Seegers, L.; 2008: Die Welse Afrikas. Ein Handbuch für Bestimmung und Pflege. Tetra Verlag, Berlin-Velten. / The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag, Rodgau, Germany.
  • Vreven, E. & Ibala Zamba, A.; 2011: Synodontis carineae, a new species of mochokid catfish from the Kouilou-Niari basin, Africa (Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 21 (4) [Dec. 2010]: 359–367.
  • Synodontis obesus in Catalog of Fishes,
    Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & Van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2018. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.