Found in water courses at high altitude (Ref. 26100). Inhabits cold streams and small rivers, usually in deep, quiet places. Occurs in groups. Feeds on invertebrates. Spawns in April-May. Attains a maximum size of about 70 cm SL (Ref. 59043). Threatened by the construction of dams, introduction of new species and overfishing (Ref. 26100).
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