The angular body of the longhorn cowfish is armored with a bone plate under the scales and equipped with a strong skin poison that it needs for protection against other fish. It looks for its food - small invertebrates - by uncovering potential victims on the sea bottom using a water jet from the mouth.
|Closest relatives||Pufferfish family, boxfish (37 species)|
|Habitat||Algae and seaweed meadows, coral reefs|
|Behaviour||Solitary, in pairs or one male with several females, territorial|
|Diet||Invertebrates, algae and seaweed|
|Body length||30 cm|
|Spawn||no brood care, eggs are carried away by the current|