Found in clear
streams and enters brackish waters. Inhabits standing and
sluggish waters of lakes, floodplains, canals and ponds.
Undertakes localized lateral migrations from the Mekong
River to floodplains during the flood season and back to the
mainstream or other permanent water bodies during the dry
season. Common in tanks throughout the greater parts of
India. Feeds on insects, fish, crustaceans and some young
roots of aquatic plants. Active during twilight and night.
Colonizes and breeds seasonally during rainy days and
migrates back to permanent waters in dry season. Breeding
takes place in stagnant or running waters in the rainy
season. Eggs are laid in small clumps on submerged
vegetation. A female measuring 21-25 cm usually lays
1,200-3,000 eggs. The fish is relished both in fresh and
dried state. Soup made from it is reported to be given to
people with measles. Of high economic important food fish in
South and Southeast Asia to Borneo and Sumatra taken by all
types of small-scale fishing gears.