Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Toxotidae > Toxotes > Toxotes jaculatrix

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. The banded archerfish may reach the displaced prey within 50 milliseconds of its hitting the water.
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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

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


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;

External References



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
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