Fish Species


Cowfish - Description

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

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

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Cowfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi, Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral..

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