Toxotes jaculatrix

12. February 2009

Seven species of Archerfishes (Toxotes) are known. Three of them (T. lorentzi and T. kimberleyensis from Australia and T. microlepis from South East Asia) are usually found in fresh water. Two are practically unknown, at least they have not been kept in aquaria so far: T. blythi from Burma and T. oligolepis from the Moluccas. The remaining two species have an extreme wide spread distribution in the Indo-West-Pacific region. They are found in brackish water (especially T. chatareus) or even in pure marine environment (T. jaculatrix).

Toxotes chatareus can easily be recognized by its typical pattern (alternating large and small spots), whereas T. jaculatrix is the only species of archerfish with only 4 spines in the dorsal fin (all other species have 5). Both features are recognizable in live fish and serve as the basis for the determination.

For a while we already receive shipments from one of our thai suppliers with wonderful T. chatareus that are collected in pure freshwater. They stay in perfect condition when kept in freshwater. The last shipment contained for the first time mainly T. jaculatrix. The specimens from this population also thrive extremly well in pure fresh water.

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer

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