Synodontis melanostictus

Synodontis melanostictus


Taxonavigation: Siluriformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Siluriformes

Familia: Mochokidae
Subfamilia: Mochokinae
Genus: Synodontis
Species: Synodontis melanostictus


  • Synodontis melanostictus Boulenger, 1906

Holotype: BMNH 1906.9.8.72.

Type locality: Lofu, Lake Tanganyika.

Etymology: From the Greek melano, meaning black, and the Greek stiktos, meaning punctured or spotted, in reference to the black spotted pattern of the species.


  • Boulenger, G. A., 1906: Fourth contribution to the ichthyology of Lake Tanganyika. --Report on the collection of fishes made by Dr. W. A. Cunnington during the Third Tanganyika Expedition, 1904-1905. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 17 (6, 1): 537–601.
  • Wright, J. J. & Page, L. M., 2006: Taxonomic revision of Lake Tanganyikan Synodontis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae). Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History, 46 (4): 99–154.
  • Synodontis melanostictus in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2024. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.