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Longhorn Cowfish

Longhorn Cowfish

Lactoria cornuta

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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.

Did You Know?

This fish can excrete a toxin to deter predators.


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


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


Red Sea and tropical Indo-Pacific


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

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