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Banded Archer Fish


Banded Archer Fish
Habitat

Found almost exclusively in mangrove swamps, but can also be found in prawn ponds and river mouths.

Wild Diet

Various plants and insects. Their diet also comprises underwater prey, including crustaceans and small fishes.

Behaviour

They are a peaceful schooling fish. Archerfish hunt mainly by shooting insects out of the air with spouts of water that they shoot from their mouths. They are also known to occasionally jump from the water to pick insects out of flight.

Breeding

The banded archerfish reproduces by spawning. Archerfish lay 20,000 to 150,000 eggs at a time.

Threats

Threatened by the destruction of mangroves and by collection for the pet trade.

Conservation

Near threatened.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Toxotes jaculatrix
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