Archerfish study reveals diet

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They have a reputation for shooting down terrestrial insects with jets of water, but a new study has shed light on what archerfish really eat.

Scientists from Malaysia’s Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia studied Toxotes jaculatrix and Toxotes chatareus, found together in the same habitat, and discovered that crustaceans form the bulk of their diet.

Both feed mainly on crustaceans as well as insects, most commonly Red-clawed crab (Sesarma bidens) and ants from the formicidae family.