Synodontis serpentis


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 serpentis



Synodontis serpentis Whitehead 1962

  • Holotype: BMNH 1962.1.19.1.
  • Paratypes: BMNH 1962.1.19.2-12 (4 of 11); MRAC 165765 (1).

Type locality: Athi River at Jilore [1], Kenya.

Etymology: The species epithet serpentis is from the Latin for snake and refers to the marbled pattern on the caudal peduncle of juveniles in this species.

Vernacular names

English: Tana squeaker; local (Giriama) = Kikorokoro


  • Poll, M.; 1971: Révision des Synodontis Africains (Famille Mochocidae). Annales du Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Serie 8, Sciences Zoologiques, 191: 1–497.
  • Seegers, L.; 2008: Die Welse Afrikas. Ein Handbuch für Bestimmung und Pflege. Tetra Verlag, Berlin-Velten. / The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag, Rodgau, Germany.
  • Whitehead, P. J. P.; 1962: A new species of Synodontis (Pisces: Mochocidae) and notes on a mormyrid fish from the eastern rivers of Kenya. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines, 65 (1-2): 97–120.
  • Synodontis serpentis in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2024. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.