noun (plural same or cowfishes)
A boxfish with spines that resemble horns on the head, and typically with other spines on the back and sides.
- Several genera and species in the family Ostraciontidae, in particular Lactoria diaphana.
- Boxfish, also known cowfish, can be found in warm ocean waters, where they linger near the seafloor.
- In some boxfishes, such as the aptly named cowfishes, the keels extend forward, beyond the body, to form sharp horns.
- The specimen is identified as a cowfish based on several morphological characteristics.
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