Banded Archerfish

Banded Archerfish

The banded archerfish is found from India to Northern Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It occurs primarily in murky, brackish water in the vicinity of mangroves, but also penetrates rivers and small streams.

Zoo Diet

Our banded archerfish are fed a mix of crickets, mealworms, bloodworm, mussel meat and krill. 

Wild Diet

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


They are a peaceful schooling fish, which is named after the arch of water that the force out of their mouths. This is made by their gills pushing water out through a groove made when the tongue is pressed against the roof of the mouth.


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


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


This species occurs in some protected areas throughout its range. Further research is required on population size and trends, ecology, potential threats and any effects of harvesting.

Banded Archerfish Banded Archerfish


  • Latin Name: Toxotes jaculatrix
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Toxotidae
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
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