This fish is by far the largest in the lake attaining a weight of 10 lbs. or over. The number of spines in the dorsal fin is usually between 30 and 31 and that in the anal fin between 20 and 25. The number of scales between the orbit and the preopercular angle is 5 or 6; the number between the dorsal and the tip of the snout is 13 to 15. The ventral is less than half the length of the pectoral.
A largest specimen (frorn the Inlé Lake) was found to be 22.6 cm long, and from all accounts the species does not grow more than 25 cm long. This species is abundant all over Yawnghwe and the neighbouring states. It lives on a muddy bottom in sluggish streams and also in all parts of the Inlé Lake, hiding itself as a rule among weeds. Large numbers are sold in the local markets.