Inhabits streams, canals, ditches, ponds and beels (Ref. 1479). Occurs in slow-moving to stagnant standing water bodies, particularly rice-fields (Ref. 4832, 58912). Water highly transparent (Ref. 58912). Feeds on worms and small crustaceans (Ref. 7020); also on insect larvae and can be used for mosquito control (Ref 6351).
- Talwar, P.K. and A.G. Jhingran 1991 Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. vol 1. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. 541 p. (Ref. 4832) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=4832&speccode=1272