Occurs in crystalline water streams with flow from 0.05 to 0.70 m3/s. Prefers to occupy the water surface and the spaces among plants roots and tree branches. Usually aggregates with up to 2 dozens individuals, but schools with about 150 individuals have also been observed. An omnivorous fish which feeds on insects, plants, crustaceans, filamentous algae and fish (Ref. 82392).
- Garutti, V. and P.C. Venere 2009 Astyanax xavante, a new species of characid from middle rio Araguaia in the Cerrado region, central Brazil (Characiformes: Characidae). Neotrop. Ichthyol. 7(3):377-383. (Ref. 82392) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=82392&speccode=65083
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