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    Synodontis petricola or S. lucipinnis? I was sold 5 petricola's which are probably Lucipinnis according to most fish forums discussing the topic. Most LFS miss label the petricola, and was wondering if any of the Synodontis experts out there can confirm which of this species it is?
    I have seen the comparisons shown on a few websites, but I think I really need someone to visually tell me what they think they are. Not the best photo shots, so let me know if you need better ones. Not always easy to get these little buggers to stop for photo ops.

    Thanks

    Art
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    I have four Syno species, which I was sold as petricola. However, like you, I'm not absolutely sure.

    Based on all that I've read, S. petricola and lucipinnis are distinguishable by the size of their spots, the latter have larger, less dense spots on the body. Additionally, it is reported the S. lucipinnis do not grow as large, topping out at just under 4".

    That said, based on your pics and other pics I've seen of S. petricola, I'd make the guess that yours are S. lucipinnis.

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    They look like petricola to me. From what I understand petricola have smaller spots on the head than the body.

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    let me post some more photos today or tommorow.

    Thanks

    Art

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    Both Petricola and lucipinnis will have smaller spots on the head than body. In my opinion they are lucipinnis due to the fewer number of spots on the body.

    Lucipinnis are far more common in the hobby because they are far easier to breed than petricola.

    Andy

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    I was going by plantecatfish. Though it seems there may be several more species in teh complex that are undefined.

    http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...species_id=857

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    Here are some more photos of the catfish (2 of the 5). These are about as good as I can take. I love these fish by the way, and so far, my Blue Acara's don't bother them. Hopefully they are Petricola's, as they are worth much more.

    Thanks in advance
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    I'd say lucipinnis; I have a group of 5 adults of both species, and they're easy to tell apart. The petricola have much smaller spots and more of them all over the body.

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