Habitat: demersal. Used for snail control (Ref.4967). Not confined to any particular type of substrate in Lake Victoria. Ubiquitous in waters less than 20 m. Found in papyrus swamps (Ref. 5602). Omnivorous, swamp-dweller (Ref. 6770).
This species was common in the past. It is unknown whether the population has declined, but currently the species is still present in Lake Victoria. Given its relatively widespread distribution throughout several lakes, it is assessed as Least Concern.