Thornback cowfish

The Thornback cowfish lives in the reef-associated, marine, depth range 5 - 80 m , usually 6 - 30 m environment.

The Thornback Cowfish has a pair of large spines projecting forward in front of the eyes. The species occurs in tropical, and some temperate marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. More

A small Thornback Cowfish (Lactoria fornasini) swims in front of a coral reef wall at the Mainit Point dive site off the coast of Anilao in the Batangas area of The Philippines. More

Common names

Backspine cowfish in English
Makukana in Hawaiian
Rugstekel-koeivis in Afrikaans
Shima-umisuzume in Japanese (日本語)
shortspined cowfish in English
spinybacked cowfish in English
Ssab in Austronesian (Other)
Ssab in Carolinian
Thornback boxfish in English
Thornback cow in English
Thornback cowfish in English
Thorny-back cowfish in English
Tornrygget kuffertfisk in Danish (dansk)
ucurua in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
福氏角箱魨 in Mandarin Chinese
福氏角箱鲀 in Mandarin Chinese
線紋角箱魨 in Mandarin Chinese
线纹角箱鲀 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Tetraodontiformes
Family : Ostraciidae
Genus : Lactoria
Species : Lactoria fornasini
Authority : Bianconi, 1846