Microsynodontis used to be one species Microsynodontis batesi. It has been split into nine species. it is almost impossible to determin the different species. From all species M. lamberti is found in the largest area en is most found in the trade.
Microsynodontis is a small catfish that looks very similar to the Synodontis species. Differences are
- The eyeball is fixed in the socket so it cannot move, whereas in Synodontis it is moveable
- The shape of the outside edge of the tail fin is is either rounded, truncate (squared), or emarginate (like truncate but with a indent near the centre), whereas in Synodontis it is either forked, or lunate
Besides that most Synodontis species grow considerably larger.
Microsynodontis lamberti is a small catfish (max 7,5 cm, often smaller), which is found in the Congo and Ogowe riverbassins. When young specimens tend to have a sharp color pattern, which fades when they grow older.
Dwarf synodontis should be held in a large (minimum 8) group. They are shy, so they will be pleased to be places with small peaceful other fish. Dwarf synodontis are noctural and active at night and feedingtime.
Male have an elongated tail fin nd small bristles covering the body. The papilla of the male is thinner and more pointed than that of the female. This is diffult to notice since the fish is quite small.
An aquarium with dimlighting and a lot of darker hidingplaces.
All usual small food will be accepted: live, frozen and dried. For a good health a variated menu is recommended
Author and photo: Patrick de Pijper