Longhorn cowfish

Characteristics

  • Usually occurs singly. Juveniles may form small groups.
  • Feeds on benthic invertebrates.
  • Scales modified into bony plates, which interlock to form a carapace.
  • Releases ostracitoxin through skin when stressed to deter predators. The toxin can also be fatal for other species living in the same aquarium tanks as an individual of this species.

Description

  • Body colour variable, can be green, olive, yellow or brown.
  • Blue dots on body.
  • A pair of horns in front of eyes. Another pair of horns near anal fin. Horns may be absent in very small individuals.
  • Large individuals possess long and truncate tail.

Common Name: Longhorn cowfish

Family Common Name: Boxfishes

Scientific Name: Lactoria cornuta___(Linnaeus, 1758)

Genus: Lactoria

Maximum Length: 46 cm (Total Length)