Previously, the researchers knew that water was squirted out by rain forest fish at the intended victims, knocking the small animals or bugs off the perches into the water, where they were seen gobbling up quickly.
Now, as per the new research that was published on the 4th of September in Current Biology, it was revealed that archerfish are more skilled in creating as well as using these water jets that anyone had thought off and water is manipulated like a tool by the animals.
A physicist at University of Milan, in Italy, Alberto Vailati said that this study is definitely a remarkable one. It is interesting to see how a complex task is performed by such a simple animal. Several different species are included in Archerfish in genus Toxotes, which live in Thailand as well as other parts of Southeast Asia.
Owing to their ability of squirting water jets at prey, they have gained a lot of popularity in the aquariums, which is how they were introduced by researcher Stefan Schuster. There was no space for a large aquarium in his tiny apartment, so new pets were brought. These pets belong to the species Toxotes Jaculatrix. Watching the fish in action, it was realized that the new officemates were the model organism that he had been looking for.
Schuster learned that the Archerfish shoot a surprisingly powerful blast of water. Shooting such a targeted and strong stream of water isn’t easy as it appears. Enough force has to be generated..
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