The type specimens were collected close to the settlement of Rantau Panjang in Jambi province on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Other collections have occured near the villages of Pematang Lumut and Bertam in Jambi, in the regency of Lahat in South Sumatra (also known as Sumatera Selatan) province and further north from the river Indragiri basin in Riau province.
Known only from forest peat swamps and associated blackwater streams. These ancient biotopes are usually found in areas of rainforest, the dense canopy of branches above meaning very little light penetrates the water surface and riparian vegetation also tending to grow thickly.
The water is typically stained darkly with humic acids and other chemicals released by decaying organic material. The dissolved mineral content is generally negligible and the pH can be as low as 3.0 or 4.0.
The substrate is usually covered by fallen leaves, branches and submerged tree roots and at certain times of year the fish may be forced to survive within the moist leaf litter for several weeks as permanent water is not always available.
80 – 85 mm.