or behavioral adaptations:
The Archer Fish has several amazing
anatomical, physiological, and behavioral aspects.If you were to have an
Olympic fish triathlon this fish would definitely win gold.
The archer is capable of leaping
12 inches out of the water and catch prey in its mouth.
It can also launch a jet of water
out of its mouth, to knock down bugs flying or walking on the plants above.
The archer picture to the right,
the Archer fish uses its binocular vision to look for prey on or above
the surface of the water.
When the Archer prepares to launch
water it uses the tongue and top of the mouth to form a longitudinal grove,
similar to that of a rifle barrel. Once this groove is made the Archer
can rapidly launch several squirts of water with compression of its gills
to knock down prey.
Archer have been observed knocking
down small insects from up to 6 feet above the water surface.