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Banded archerfish
Toxotes jaculatrix
Family Toxotidae
updated Oct 2020

Where seen? This active fish is often seen in groups under jetties, bridges in streams near mangroves. There is usually large groups of really large fat ones under the main bridge at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Features: To about 20cm long, those seen about 7-10cm. 4-5 broad black vertical bands that taper towards the bottom of the body. More about the archerfishes' infamous ability to shoot down insects.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Feb 11

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Feb 05
Human uses: Sometimes sold fresh in markets. Also taken for the live aquarium trade.

Banded archerfishes on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Sentosa Siloso, May 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his blog

Kusu Island, Aug 17
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.



  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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