The banded archerfish can grow up to ten inches in length from head to tail. Most are silver in color with black vertical stripes. Their mouth points in an upward direction, indicating that they are surface feeders, and their eyes are located near the mouth, which gives them good binocular vision.
These fish can be found in various brackish water habitats including mangrove swamps, ponds, and river mouths throughout Asia and Australia.
These surface-dwelling fish feed on insects, worms, shrimp, and other small animals.
Banded archerfish will swim away from the shore to spawn, which is usually triggered by the ending of the monsoon, or rainy, season.
Did you know?
The banded archerfish gets its name from its ability to shoot water at airborne prey. The fish takes in a mouth full of water, builds up pressure inside its mouth, and shoots it at resting insects, thus knocking them into the water.
The banded archerfish is considered non-threatened.