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Price range: 30 - 30 MXN / 1 kg | Market: Fish Markets of Zapopan, Jalisco | Date: 2021-09-24

Scrawled Cowfish

The scrawled cowfish, Lactoria cornuta (Bloch and Schneider 1801) is a member of the family Ostraciidae. It has been recorded from depths to about 60 m in most marine waters, but individuals may be found at much shallower depths during warm summer months. The coloration of the scrawled cowfish is grayish brown with large brown spots, scattered irregularly on the body and fins. There are five dark brown diagonal bars on the back that cross both the caudal peduncle and caudal fin. The underside of each bar is bordered by a pale border. The scrawled cowfish usually has a maximum length of 18 cm, but most individuals are between 11 and 15 cm long. The scrawled cowfish is an oval to oblong box-shaped fish that has no pelvic fins or spiny dorsal fin. The terminal mouth is small and it has fleshy lips. The dermal plates, which are hexagonal, make up the carapace that covers almost the entire body except for the tail regions. The carapace terminates around the base of the soft dorsal and anal fins. Fish collected by trawling from depths greater than 100 fathoms have been reported as resembling a "hand-lantern" with light seen through the wide spaces between head bones. In shallow water, scrawled cowfish are whitish or cream-colored. The scrawled cowfish is often found lying on or buried in the sand. It feeds mainly by scraping algae from stones and pebbles. Although it may feed on seaweeds, these fishes are not generally considered herbivorous. "Lactoria cornuta" has a similar coloration to "Lactoria fornasini", which has more black on the body. In "Lactoria cornuta" the distance between each scale row is clearly wider than it is long, whereas in "Lactoria fornasini", this distance is as long as or only slightly longer than wide. These dermal plates are firmly fused to form a “carapace”. The carapace terminates around the base of the soft dorsal and anal fins but does not extend onto the caudal fin or into the caudal peduncle. The head is small with eyes located dorsally on the head. The fish has no pelvic fins, no spiny dorsal fin, the terminal mouth is small with fleshy lips, dermal plates, which are hexagonal-shaped, make up the carapace which covers almost the entire body except for the tail regions, firmly fused to form a “carapace” that terminates around the base of soft dorsal and anal fins but does not extend onto caudal fin or into caudal peduncle, and a head with eyes located dorsally on the head.

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