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Longhorned Cowfish (Lactoria cornuta)

The Longhorned Cowfish or Lactoria cornuta is the one of the largest, and most popular species of Cowfish. These almost alien-like fish have a pair of horns that come out above each of their eyes! They can grow up to 18" in the wild, or about 12" when kept in an aquarium. A large tank of about 130 gallons will keep these fish happy and healthy. Watch out though, Longhorned Cowfish can be a dangerous pet.  If cornered it is able to secrete a deadly toxin right through their skin! This poison will normally only effect the other members of the tank, but be very careful and never handle this fish!  You can check out the Longhorned Cowfish in an aquarium in the videos below.




They like most other Cowfish they are omnivores that feed on algae, sponges, worms, mollusks and many species of small fish. If you have care tips or other information you would like to share please do so in the comments below...

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