Longhorn Cowfish

Longhorn Cowfish

Lactoria cornuta

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This fish can excrete a toxin to deter predators.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Surviving Through Adaptation

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Longhorn Cowfish

This charismatic fish is a member of the boxfish family, and is easily recognizable by its long horns that protrude from the front of its head.

This fish displays a unique behavior of blowing into the sand of the sea floor to uncover buried food items such as small worms.

Diet

Sponges, polychaete worms, mollusks, small crustaceans, and small fishes

Size

The longhorn cowfish can grow to a length of 20 inches.

Range

Red Sea and tropical Indo-Pacific

Predators

All boxfish can excrete a toxin that usually keeps predators from eating them, although larger fish and sharks might try.

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A Note From the Caretaker

The Aquarium's longhorn cowfish is quite personable and photogenic, and will often look like he is posing for the camera. The cowfish also seems to enjoy the husbandry staff, frequently coming to the surface and spitting water out at staff in what might be an attempt to be noticed.