Inhabits creeks and river backwaters in current of low to moderate velocity. Found between 0 and 680 m elevation. Abounds on shorelines with considerable vegetation. Ingests "aufwuchs", filamentous algae and diatoms (Ref. 36880).
- Malabarba, L.R. 1998 Monophyly of the Cheirodontinae, characters and major clades (Ostariophysi: Characidae). p. 193-233. In L.R. Malabarba, R.E. Reis, R.P. Vari, Z.M.S. Lucena and C.A.S. Lucena (eds.) Phylogeny and classification of neotropical fishes. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. (Ref. 34064)
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