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.
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.
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