Microsynodontis lamberti – Dwarf Synodontis

A group of the relatively unknown Dwarf Synodontis is an fascinating addition to the aquarium with many hidingplaces and other small and peaceful fish

Microsynodontis lamberti

Microsynodontis used to be one species Microsynodontis batesi. It has been split into nine species. it is almost impossible to determine the different species. From all species, M. lamberti is found in the largest area en is most found in the trade.

Microsynodontis is a small catfish that looks very similar to the Synodontis species. Differences are

  • The eyeball is fixed in the socket so it cannot move, whereas in Synodontis it is moveable
  • The shape of the outside edge of the tail fin is either rounded, truncate (squared), or emarginate (like truncate but with an indent near the centre), whereas in Synodontis it is either forked or lunate

Besides that most Synodontis species grow considerably larger.

Microsynodontis lamberti is a small catfish (max 7,5 cm, often smaller), which is found in the Congo and Ogowe river basins. When young specimens tend to have a sharp colour pattern, which fades when they grow older.

Dwarf synodontis should be held in a large (minimum 8) group. They are shy, so they will be pleased to be placed with small peaceful other fish. Dwarf synodontis are nocturnal and active at night and feeding time.


Males have an elongated caudal fin and small bristles covering the body. The papilla of the male is thinner and more pointed than that of the female. This is difficult to notice since the fish is quite small.

The Aquarium

An aquarium with dim lighting and a lot of darker hiding places.

Temperature: 22-26°C

PH 6.5-7.5


All usual small food will be accepted: live, frozen and dried. For good health, a variated menu is recommended


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Author and photo

Patrick de Pijper

Last Updated on 29 May 2020 by John


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