Definition of archerfish in English:


Syllabification: ar·cher·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈärCHərˌfiSH

noun (plural same or archerfishes)

  • A freshwater fish that knocks insect prey off overhanging vegetation by spitting water at it. It is native to Asia, Australia, and the Philippines.
    • Genus Toxotes, family Toxotidae: several species, in particular T. jaculator
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    • By shooting jets or bullets of water, and correcting for light refraction, archerfishes knock insects down to the water surface and quickly consume them.
    • Colisa uses the same technique as archerfishes to prey on insects just above the water.
    • Banded archerfish have a deep laterally-compressed body with a flattened head and back.

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