Archer Fish

Picture of Archer Fish

Description of the Archer Fish

The Archer Fish is also known as the Seven Spot Archer Fish or Large Scale Archer Fish. Its name is derived from the method it uses to catch its prey, literally shooting jets of water from its mouth to knock small insects into the water so it can catch them. They can survive in fresh water and brackish water but are best suited to brackish water conditions.

Popular Name: Archer Fish
Species: Toxotes chatareus

Picture of a Archer Fish

Archer Fish

Facts - Information - Picture

Profile of the Archer Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Archer Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 25 to 29 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Live or Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Can become aggressive as they mature

  • Habitat: Mangrove Swamps and Estuaries

  • Range: India, Indonesia, Burma, Australia

Scientific Classification of the Archer Fish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Toxotes chatareus

  • Popular Name: Archer Fish - Spinner Fish - Seven Spot Archer Fish - Large Scale Archer Fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Toxotidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Archer Fish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Archer Fish slimy?
Archer Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Archer Fish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Archer Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Archer Fish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Archer Fish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Archer Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Archer Fish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Archer Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Archer Fish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Archer Fish

Archer Fish

  • Interesting Information about Archer Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Archer Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Archer Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Archer Fish have fins?

  • Species: Toxotes chatareus

Fish Species

Archer Fish - Spinner Fish - Seven Spot Archer Fish - Large Scale Archer Fish - Fish Species - Archer Fish Picture - Cool - Free - Educational - Resource - Gallery - JPEG - Photo - Representations - Photograph - Archer Fish Photo - Information - Info - Size - Tank Conditions - Popular name - Feeding - Diet - Description - Fins - Gills - Color - Behaviour - Habitat - Range - Temperament - Print - Illustration - Pic - Vivid - Striking - Detailed - Clear - JPEG - type - kind - sort - genus - variety - group - order - Educational - Resource - Pic - Picture - Image - Graphic - Facts - Information - Info - Piture - Grafic - Information - Info - Size - Tank Conditions - Popular name - Feeding - Diet - Description - Fins - Gills - Color - Behaviour - Habitat - Range - Temperament - Graffic - Imige - Foto - Fotograph - Pictuer - Cool - Picture - Pictuer - Piture - Pic - Pix - Type - Fishes - Identification - Tanks - kind - sort - genus - variety - group - order - Interesting Facts - Information - Info - Archer Fish - Fish Species - Archer Fish Picture - Cool - Free - Educational - Resource - Gallery - JPEG - Photo - Representation - Photograph - Archer Fish Photo - Print - Illustration - Archer Fish Pic - Vivid - Striking - Detailed - Clear - JPEG - Educational - Resource - Pic - Picture - Image - Graphic - Piture - Grafic - Graffic - Imige - Foto - type - kind - sort - genus - variety - group - order - Information - Info - Size - Tank Conditions - Popular name - Feeding - Diet - Description - Fins - Gills - Color - Behaviour - Habitat - Range - Temperament - Fotograph - Pictuer - Cool - Picture - Pictuer - Piture - Pic - Pix - Interesting Facts - Information - Info - Archer Fish

Copyright www.fish-species.org.uk 2006

Cookie Policy

Google+ by Melissa Russell
m.russell@cybersynergy.co.uk

Aquatic World Index