The Moustache Synodontis—the only species in its genus—has the typical Mochokidae pointed head and bony headshield (bony plate) sloping up to a dorsal fin with a prominent front spine and a large, well-developed adipose fin. Its mouth barbels are also well developed, with one pair carrying the characteristic membrane responsible for its common name. Some authors believe this genus to be synonymous with Synodontis.
- Widely distributed from west Africa to the Nile basin.
- Up to approximately 20in (50cm), but usually smaller.
- Relatively peaceful despite its size; prefers to be kept in groups. Tends to feed in an upside-down position, as the common name for the family (upside- down catfish) implies (although few species actually exhibit this behavior).
- Floating livefoods and other formulations (including pellets) preferred.
- Large, with substantial shelters. Use only robust, well-protected plants. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 72-77°F (22-25 C).
- No documented accounts currently available.