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arch·er·fish

 (är′chər-fĭsh′)
n. pl. archerfish or arch·er·fish·es
Any of several fishes of the family Toxotidae that prey on insects by knocking them off vegetation with a jet of water shot from the mouth.

archerfish

(ˈɑːtʃəˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any freshwater percoid fish of the family Toxotidae of S and SE Asia and Australia, esp Toxotes jaculatrix, that catch insects by spitting water at them

ar•cher•fish

(ˈɑr tʃərˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
a small fish, Toxotesjaculator, of SE Asia that catches spiders and insects by spitting drops of water at them and causing them to fall.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archerfish - any of several small freshwater fishes that catch insects by squirting water at them and knocking them into the waterarcherfish - any of several small freshwater fishes that catch insects by squirting water at them and knocking them into the water; found in Indonesia and Australia
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
genus Toxotes, Toxotes - type genus of the Toxotidae
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When archerfish hunt by precision spitting water into the air, they do a lot more with their mouths than put their lips together and blow.
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For example, the archerfish has adapted to see above and below the water, now isn't that just fascinating?
THE archerfish preys on land-based insects, shooting them down by spitting water at them in Asian mangrove swamps.
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Archerfish spew carefully aimed streams of water at prey perched on branches or leaves, knocking the prey into the water.
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Archerfish and koi reside in this pond and there is an opportunity for young and old alike to join in feeding the fish.
SHOOTING THE archerfish preys on land-based insects, shooting them down by spitting water at them in Asian mangrove swamps.
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