A slender, silvery minnow with small eyes and a rather large, nearly horizontal mouth. Barbels absent. Front of dorsal fin base much closer to tip of snout than to base of tail fin. Undersurface of head distinctly flattened. Snout bluntly rounded, projecting slightly beyond upper lip. Upper jaw reaching past front of eye. Eyes directed slightly upward, rather than to sides, so lower margin of pupil is visible when fish is viewed from above.
Back pale olive-yellow without a definite streak along midline or dark edgings on scales. Sides silvery. Belly silvery-white. Fins plain. Breeding males without special colors but have small tubercles on snout, cheeks and jaws.