Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix

Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish
The Banded Archerfish is native to brackish, freshwater and saltwater river estuaries and mangroves in the Indo-Pacific region.
Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish
It usually has up to 5 main bands or spots (including the tail base but excluding the eye) along each side, unlike the irregular banding and spots of the more dusky Seven-spot Archer. It grows to 20 (typically)-30 (exceptionally) cm long.
Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish
Banded Archerfish
It is named after its most unusual method of downing insect prey: by shooting a precise jet of water by mouth for some 1-3 metres then swimming to collect the fallen insect. It makes a tube with its tongue and snaps its gills shut to force the water jet out.