The Banded Archerfish is known for its ability to shoot down resting insects by spitting a jet of water. Large archerfishes can hit a target 2-3 m away.
The Banded Archerfish is usually white or silvery on the body with 4 to 5 black bars on the upper half of the body.
The species mostly lives in mangrove and estuarine habitats throughout much of the Indo-Pacific. It is only rarely encountered in freshwater.
The species is found throughout the Indo-Pacific and in Australia it is recorded from north-western Western Australia to northern Queensland.