5 Interesting Facts About Longhorn Cowfish

Longhorn Cowfish

This is a longhorn cowfish showing off his cool horns

Today I want to write about a fish with really cool horns, the longhorn cowfish.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful fish grow up to 45 cm long.
  2. They are very slow swimmers and look as though they are hovering in the water.  To protect them from predators, their long horns make them hard to swallow and their flesh is toxic.
  3. If one of their horns breaks off, they grow back in a few months.
  4. They eat a wide range of tiny plant and animal matter, exposing their food by using their strange mouth to blow into the sand.
  5. Longhorn cowfish are found in shallow reefs and lagoons in the Red Sea, and off the coast of East Africa, India, Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Korea.  They are very popular in the pet trade, but aren’t very well suited to living in aquariums due to the toxins that they release into the water when they feel threatened.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about longhorn cowfish?

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