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Scientific Name Hemisynodontis membranacea  (Geoffroy - St. Hilaire, 1809)
Common Names Moustache Catfish
Membran-skægmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Nile River, Egypt(?)
Synonym(s) Hemisynodontis membranaceus, Pimelodus membranaceus, Synodontis guentheri
Pronunciation mem bran ass ee uss
Etymology Hemisynodontis: From the Greek hemi, meaning half, and synodontis. membranaceus referring to the skin membranes on the maxillary and mandibular barbels.
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Size 280mm or 11" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification As very small fish (less than 30mm) these fish are patterned with a few large spots on their body. These fade quickly with growth. Can be confused with Brachysynodontis but a quick look at the barbels will sort them out. In Brachysynodontis only the maxillary are membranous and to a lesser degree than in Hemisynodontis.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution Tropical Africa - Nile basin, Chad, Niger, Senegal, Gambia & Volta River
African Waters, Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Sénégal (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gambia (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Volta (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding In nature this fish feeds mainly on plankton but this is well substituted in the aquarium by frozen brineshrimp and daphnia which are eaten in huge quantities.
Furniture A solitary cave is all that is required for this fish.
Compatibility Peaceful and not too anti-social with other catfish excepting other members of it's own family. Youngsters appear sociable to each other but become quarrelsome with age.
Suggested Tankmates Although able to be kept with more sedate fish, boisterous Central American cichlids are an ideal mix for this fish as their messy eating habits provide plenty of food for the catfish. A good community fish for the larger tank.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2009 Dec 20 05:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)