Cowfish

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Description of the Cowfish
The Cowfish also known as the Long-horned Cowfish or Longhorn Cowfish is a type of boxfish that is thought to resemble a cow due to the horns that protrude from the front of its head. It makes a very unique addition to any marine aquarium however if it becomes stressed the Cowfish will release a poisonous toxin from their skin called Ostracitoxin which is toxic to other Cowfish. It is advisable to keep this fish singly.
 

Popular Name: Cowfish
Species: Lactoria cornuta

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Cowfish

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Profile of the Cowfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Cowfish species.

  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimp, Worms, Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Territorial, keep on their own

  • Habitat: Reef and rock dwellers

  • Behaviour: If disturbed or stressed will release a toxic chemical from their skin

  • Range: Red Sea, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean

 

Scientific Classification of the Cowfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Lactoria cornuta

  • Popular Name: Cowfish Long-horned Cowfish - Longhorn Cowfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Ostraciidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Cowfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Cowfish slimy?
Cowfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Cowfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Cowfish have gills?
Gills enable the Cowfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Cowfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Cowfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Cowfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Cowfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Cowfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Cowfish

Cowfish

  • Interesting Information about Cowfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Cowfish slimy?

  • Why do the Cowfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Cowfish have fins?

  • Species: Lactoria cornuta

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