A slender, silvery minnow with small eyes, a large, slightly oblique mouth and sickle-shaped, pointed, pectoral fins. Head distinctively wedge-shaped in profile. Mouth with a small barbel at corner. Snout flattened and rather pointed, projecting slightly beyond upper lip.
Back light brown; sides and belly silvery-white without definite markings. Lower lobe of tail fin darker than upper lobe. Breeding males without special colors, but with very small tubercles on upper surface of head and body and along some rays of all fins except tail fin.