Thursday, August 16, 2018

How The Longhorn Cowfish Got Its Name?

Cowfish #1

Use your imagination, and you might figure out how this fish got the name longhorn cowfish.  Or you can do what I did.  

Look it up on the internet.  According to Buddy and Kay Davis on the website Kids Answers, cowfish have two spines on their foreheads that look like the horns of a cow.  Hence, the name.

Cowfish #2

Here are a few facts About The Longhorn Cowfish:

  • Cowfish live around coral.  
  • Cowfish eat mollusks, worms, and crustaceans (shrimp, crabs, etc.)
  • Cowfish have a tough, 'armored' body that affords them few predators.
  • Cowfish fill their mouths with water and blow sand around looking for worms hiding underneath. 
  • Cowfish swim slowly like little spaceships hovering in the water.
  • Cowfish secrete a neurotoxin when scared that's strong enough to kill predators.

Research Sources:

1.  "Cowfish" by Buddy and Kay Davis.  Kids Answers: 2018 Answers in Genesis.  Web.  13 Aug. 2018.<>.

2.  "5 Facts About The Longhorn Cowfish" by SEAA Curatorial Team. Conservation and Guardians of the SEAA: S.E.A Aquarium.  Web.  15 Aug. 2018.  <>.

Image Credits:

1.  Cowfish #1 by skeeze is licensed under CCO Creative Commons

2.  Cowfish #2 by skeeze is licensed under CCO Creative Commons.

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