One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A freshwater fish that knocks insect prey off overhanging vegetation by shooting water at it from its mouth. It is native to Asia, Australia, and the Philippines.
Genus Toxotes, family Toxotidae: several species, in particular T. jaculator
- ‘By shooting jets or bullets of water, and correcting for light refraction, archerfishes knock insects down to the water surface and quickly consume them.’
- ‘Banded archerfish have a deep laterally-compressed body with a flattened head and back.’
- ‘Colisa uses the same technique as archerfishes to prey on insects just above the water.’
- ‘Experiments now suggest that an archerfish needs just a quick glance to judge where the dislodged prey will later hit the water and promptly moves in that direction well before the insect splashes down.’
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