Synodontis nigrita 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Mochokidae

Scientific Name: Synodontis nigrita Valenciennes, 1840
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Catfish
Hemisynodontis nigrita (Valenciennes, 1840)
Synodontis fascipinna Nichols & La Monte, 1953
Synodontis leopardinus (non Pellegrin, 1914)
Synodontis negrita Valenciennes, 1840
Synodontis ornatus Pappenheim, 1914
Synodontis schall (non Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Awaïss, A., Azeroual, A., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Moelants, T. & Twongo, T.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J., Tweddle, D., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Paugy, D., Zaiss, R., Fishar, M.R.A & Brooks, E.
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for western Africa. Due to a lack of information on this species- distribution and status, as well as taxonomic uncertainty, it is listed as Data Deficient for eastern, northern and north eastern Africa. It is estimated that less than 5 % of the species is found in the central Africa region and it is therefore categorized as Not Applicable.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This is a wide ranging species from Senegal to Ethiopia and Uganda.

Central Africa: It has been recorded from the Ubangui River basin, Central Congo River basin.

Eastern Africa: It is found in Lake Albert. Additional record of this species from Lake Kyoga by Copley in 1958 are not confirmed.

Northern Africa: The species has been recorded from Egypt (CLOFFA 1991) but this record is doubtful and needs to be confirmed.

Northeast Africa: It occurs in the White Nile from Khartoum into the Jebel and Ghazal systems, Sudan, as well as the Baro River, Ethiopia.

Western Africa: This species is known from basins of the Chad, Niger (including the Benue), Volta, Senegal, Gambia, Géba, Ouémé and Casamance.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; South Sudan; Sudan; Togo; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Synodontis nigrita is a benthopelagic and potamodromous species (Reide 2004). This species is oviparous (Breder and Rosen 1966).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available. More research is needed into this species population numbers and range, biology and ecology, habitat status and threats, as well as monitoring and potential conservation measures.

Citation: Awaïss, A., Azeroual, A., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Moelants, T. & Twongo, T. 2010. Synodontis nigrita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T60816A12412420. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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