Featherfin Catfish

(Synodontis eupterus)

Featherfin cats (also called Network Syno) are native to rivers in Africa. I have three of them. As juveniles they display a lovely doily pattern in black like the one on the right. As they get older they become spotted black on dark gray. The one below is halfway in between turning from doily patterned to spotted.

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These guys seem to follow any surface with their belly. This includes the ceilings of caves. The guy on the left is upside down under a ledge, and the guy on the right is following a wall to get down into a cave. I think they keep their bellys against a surface because the belly is the softest and least protected part of a catfish.

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More pix of the doily patterned cats.

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Here is a lovely closeup on one of the spotted featherfin cats. This is one of my smaller cats, as opposed to Monstro (below).

Although this adult pattern isn't as pretty, the cats are rarely in view anyway.


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Here is another picture of an adult featherfin. These guys are about 4-5 inches long now. Except Monstro, that is...


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Here is the other small featherfin. I can't really tell the two smaller cats apart.


Monstro

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This is Monstro, my absolutely huge featherfin cat. This guy is a pig! I have no idea how it happened, but this guy is practically twice the size of the other cats.

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