Synodontis victoriae

Synodontis victoriae


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 victoriae



Synodontis victoriae Boulenger, 1900

  • Lectotype: BMNH 1906.5.30.190 [or 191].
    • Lectotype designated by Poll (1971).
  • Paralectotype: BMNH 1906.5.30.191 (1).

Type locality: Buganga [1], Uganda, Lake Victoria [Victoria Nyanza]

Etymology: The specific epithet victoriae refers to the type locality of the species, Lake Victoria.

Vernacular names

English: Lake Victoria squeaker


  • Boulenger, G. A.; 1906: Descriptions of new fishes discovered by Mr. E. Degen in Lake Victoria. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (Series 7) 17 (101): 433–452..
  • Poll, M.; 1971: Révision des Synodontis Africains (Famille Mochocidae). Annales du Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Serie 8, Sciences Zoologiques, 191: 1–497.
  • Englmaier, G.K. & Collins, R.A. 2023. Invalid lectotypification for Synodontis victoriae Boulenger, 1906 (Siluriformes, Mochokidae) by Poll (1971), and the designation of a new lectotype. Zookeys 1183ː 65–72. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.1183.111868   Reference page
  • 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.
  • Synodontis victoriae in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2024. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.