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Toxotes jaculatrix (riflefish; Archer fish; Archerfish; Banded archerfish; Northern rifle-fish)

Synonyms: Sciaena jaculatrix; Toxotes jaculator
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Wikipedia Abstract

The banded archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix) is a brackish water perciform fish of the archerfish genus Toxotes. It is silvery in colour and has a dorsal fin towards the posterior end. It has distinctive, semi-triangular markings along its sides. It is best known for its ability to spit a jet of water to "shoot down" prey. Larger specimens may be able to hit prey 2 to 3 metres (6 ft 7 in to 9 ft 10 in) away.
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Migration [1]  Amphidromous
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Coastal

Prey / Diet

Perisesarma bidens (Red Clawed Crab)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Toxotes chatareus (blowpipe fish)1


Parasitized by 
Diplectanum jaculator[3]
Diplectanum toxotes[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aalborg Zoo
Acquario di Genova
Artis Zoo
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Burger's Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Dierenpark Emmen
Fort Worth Zoological Park
Houston Zoo, Inc.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Tournai
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
North of England Zoological Society
Oceanario de Lisboa
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Poznaniu
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Ouwehand Zoo
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Parken Zoo i Eskilstuna AB
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Randers Regnskov
Reaseheath College Animal Centre
Riga Zoo
Rodbaston College
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Sedgwick County Zoo
St. Paul's Como Zoo
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Zoo de Fuengirola (Rain Forest SL)
Zoo Negara Malaysia
Zoo Zürich


Asia - Inland waters; Asia and Oceania: India eastward to the Philippines, and south to Indonesia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and northern Australia.; Australia; Australian; Calamianes Islands; China; East Timor; India; Indonesia; Malaysia; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Myanmar; Oceania - Inland waters; Oriental; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Ryukyu Islands; San Miguel Bay; Sikao Creek; Solomon Islands; Sorsogon Bay; South China Sea; Taal Lake; Thailand; Vanuatu;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Population growth, trophic level, and reproductive biology of two congeneric archer fishes (Toxotes chatareus, Hamilton 1822 and Toxotes jaculatrix, Pallas 1767) inhabiting Malaysian coastal waters, K. D. SIMON, Y. BAKAR, A. SAMAT, C. C. ZAIDI, A. AZIZ, A. G. MAZLAN, J Zhejiang Univ Sci B 2009 10(12):902-911
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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