The male Ornate Cowfish has a prominent bump in the front of the eye and blue centred black spots on its yellow body. The female has a deeper body and reddish, black and white stripes. Both sexes have narrower spines in comparison with Shaws Cowfish. They can grow up to about 15 cm. (6 inch) in length and are often found in sheltered reefs or jetties and more often near seagrass beds.