New Syndontis described from west central Africa

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A new species of mochokid catfish has been described from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Scineces of Philadelphia.

John Friel and John Sullivan have named the new species Synodontis woleuensis, distinguishing it from other Synodontis by a combination of serrations on the anterior edge of the dorsal spine and a colour pattern consisting of a dark background with numerous, small and irregular light spots, a pair of light spots anterior and posterior to the adipose fin, and a narrow, depigmented, curved band along the anterior margin of the caudal fin.

The new species, previously confused with S. batesii, is only known from the Woleu River of Gabon and the Ky (Kie) River, a tributary of the Ntem River that runs along the border between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

For more information, see the paper: Friel, JP & JP Sullivan (2008) Synodontis woleuensis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae), a new species of catfish from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Africa. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 157, pp. 3"12.