longhorn cowfish

Scientific name Lactoria cornuta
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category NE
Family Ostraciidae
Genus Lactoria
Lactoria cornuta Lactoria cornuta

Introduction

Lactoria cornuta, commonly known as longhorn cowfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    46 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
    Balloon and near
  • Pattern
    circle pattern
  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    46 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
    Balloon and near
  • Pattern
    circle pattern

How to recognize the longhorn cowfish ?

The longhorn cowfish measures around 40 cm. The dominant males can however reach 46 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly jaune body. The also has bleu circle pattern.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with herbivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The longhorn cowfish is a fish solitary naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous with herbivorous tendency .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path. However, she may show some signs of aggression with conspecifics.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The longhorn cowfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 100 m
  • Flow
    Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

The longhorn cowfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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