- There are only seven species of archer fish in the world.
- All archer fish are native to coastal waters of Southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
- Archer fish can live in freshwater, saltwater, and brackish water.
- During archer fish “shooting parties,” several fish shoot at a single prey—and then scramble to recover it when an archer in their party knocks it over.
- An archer fish is just as likely to leap out of the water to grab an insect in its mouth as it is to “take aim” from below the surface.
having to do with water.
all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.
salty water, usually a mixture of seawater and freshwater.
to hide or disguise by blending in to surroundings. Also called cryptic coloration.
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
spotted, or having areas of differently colored shades or tones.
having parts or molecules that are packed closely together.
community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.
organism threatened with extinction.
in a food chain or food web, an organism that eats (consumes) a producer. First-order consumers are usually herbivores.
all related food chains in an ecosystem. Also called a food cycle.
ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.
having to do with a habitat or ecosystem of a lake, river, or spring.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
water level that has risen as a result of the moon's gravitational pull on the Earth.
flattened from side-to-side, or appearing normally from the side but unusually thin and narrow from above or below.
type of tree or shrub with long, thick roots that grows in salty water.
place where young animals are cared for.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.
type of mammal, including humans, apes, and monkeys.
all of a plant's roots.
wooded area near a tidal basin or a protected ocean shore that is partially flooded with seawater for most of the year.
abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. Also called a storm tide.
land permanently saturated with water and sometimes covered with it.
having to do with the Earth or dry land.
instrument used to help in the performance of a task.
ocean waves triggered by an earthquake, volcano, or other movement of the ocean floor.