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long horned cowfish swimming under water
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Long Horned Cowfish

This honeycomb-patterned oddity can reach sizes as large as 18 inches long. They display prominent spines protruding from the head, making this fish hard for a predator to swallow. Also, their poisonous flesh can release ostracitoxin (non-protein poison secretion) when stressed.

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Lactoria cornuta


Indo-Pacific Oceans

Location in the Zoo

Kipp Aquarium

Cool Animal Fact

As in other boxfish, the cowfish’s constantly growing teeth are controlled by including snails and shrimp in its diet.