Longhorn Cowfish or Horned Boxfish

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The Longhorn Cowfish or Horned Boxfish (Lactoria Cornuta), is a variety of Boxfish recognizable by its long horns that protrude from the front of its head, rather like those of a cow or bull. They are a resident of the Indo-Pacific region and can grow up to 20″ inches long. While badly suited to the home aquarium, the Longhorn Cowfish or Horned Boxfish is becoming increasingly popular as a pet.

Longhorn Cowfish or Horned Boxfish adults are reef fish, often solitary and territorial, and live around sand or rubble bottom up to a depth of 50 meters. They are omnivorous, feeding upon benthic algae, various microorganisms, and foraminiferans that it strains from sediments, sponges, polychaete worms from sand flats, mollusks, small crustaceans, and small fish, able to feed on benthic invertebrates by blowing jets of water into the sandy substrate.

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