Found in coastal waters (Ref. 30573). Young enter estuaries (Ref. 4833). Searches for prey using a protruding pipette-like mouth or by sieving potential food through their gill rakers (Ref. 26569). Feeds on small fishes, shrimps, other crustaceans, and polychaetes. Sold fresh and dried salted; also made into fishmeal.
- James, P.S.B.R. 1984 Leiognathidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51). Vol. 2. FAO, Rome. pag. var. (Ref. 3424) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=3424&speccode=4450