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The Longhorn Cowfish

19 Sep

The Longhorn Cowfish is one of the most unusual little creatures I’ve ever seen. They’re fast, friendly, and look like they should have their own cartoon show.
You’ll find this handsome guy at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma. It’s well worth a visit.

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According to Wikipedia the longhorn cowfish is a resident of the Indo-Pacific region and can grow up to 20 inches long. While badly suited to the home aquarium, the cowfish is becoming increasingly popular as a pet.

Adults are reef fish, often solitary and territorial, live around sand or rubble bottom up to a depth of 50 m. They are omnivorous, feeding upon benthic algae, various microorganisms, and foraminiferans that it strains from sediments, sponges, polychaete worms from sand flats, mollusks, small crustaceans, and small fishes, able to feed on benthic invertebrates by blowing jets of water into the sandy substrate.

 
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