Synodontis petricola

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Synodontis petricola Holotype


Taxonavigation: Siluriformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Siluriformes

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



Synodontis petricola Matthes, 1959: 78.

Holotype: MRAC 130357. Paratypes: BMNH 1936.6.15.1232 (1); MRAC 130358-60 (3), MRAC 130361-67 (7), MRAC 130368-76 (9), MRAC 130377 (1), MRAC 130824 (1)].

Type locality: Democratic Republik of Congo. Kashekezi, northern Lake Tanganyika.

Etymology: Species name petricola is a composite from the Latin petra, for stone or rock, and cola for inhabitant, referring to its rockdwelling life.


  • Matthes, M. (1959): Poissons nouveaux du Lac Tanganika. Descriptions préliminaires. Folia Scientifica Africae Centralis, 5 (4): 77–78. [note: the author is Hubert Matthes, the "M" in the original paper for the first name is a typo].
  • Poll, M. (1971): Révision des Synodontis Africains (Famille Mochocidae). Annales du Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Serie 8 Zoologie, 191: 1–497.