Occurs in pools and streams associated with artesian springs and bores (Ref. 5259, 44894). Lives in shaded areas around plants or rocks (Ref. 44894). Found in harsh environment characterized by rapid fluctuations in temperature and salinity (Ref. 5259, 44894). Field observations and laboratory experimentation indicate that it can withstand wide ranges of temperature (5?-41?C), salinity (0-60 p.p.t.), pH (6.8-11.0) and very low dissolved oxygen level (Ref. 44894). Feeds on insects, crustaceans, filamentous algae and detritus (Ref. 5259).