Inhabits stagnant puddles, ditches and creeks of low to moderate velocity, between 20 to 90 m elevation. Herbivorous and feeds on "aufwuchs", diatoms, filamentous algae and seeds (Ref. 36880).
- Malabarba, L.R. 2003 Subfamily Cheirodontinae (Characins, tetras). p. 215-221. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 37055) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=37055&speccode=10390