Arapaima

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Arapaima
 
Japanese ピラルク Korean 피라루쿠 Chinese 巨骨舌鱼
French Arapaïma Italian Pirarucù Spanish Pirarucù
German Arapaima Dutch Arapaima Russian Арапаима
Arapaima NH.png
Scientific name Arapaima gigas
(arapaima)
Family Arapaimidae (bonytongues)
Time of year July to September[nb 1]
June to September[nb 2]
December to March[nb 3]
Time of day 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Location River
Size 79 inches (300 centimeters)
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare
Selling price 10,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances


The Arapaima (ピラルク, Piraruku) is a river fish that appears in the summer. It appears between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m.. It is a very rare fish, making it the third most expensive river fish (10,000 Bells), after the Stringfish and Dorado and tied with the Arowana (which it is related to). Its shadow size is huge; similar to the Tuna and Stringfish, and likewise, it is the largest river fish. In the 'Bugs and Fish' window in City Folk, it is the last river fish. The fish is the second largest fish in the game, after the Shark at about 550 centimeters and it is tied for length with the Ocean Sunfish.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#40

Arapaima
"WOW!!! I caught an arapaima! This thing is huge!"

Times July - September: 4 PM - 9 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Huge
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#35

Arapaima
"I caught an arapaima! It's big... and kinda gross!"

Description The largest freshwater fish in the world, they poke their heads above water to breathe.
Times July - September: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 300 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#37

Arapaima
"I caught an arapaima! It's about time-a!"

Description The largest freshwater fish breathe by poking their heads above water.
Times July - September: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size About 120 inches (300 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#41

Arapaima
"I caught an arapaima! And it looks like it's in its prime-a!"

Times July - September: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 300cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In New Horizons[edit]

#44

Arapaima
"I caught an arapaima! How did it get here? Arapaiknow!"

Time of Year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location River
Shadow Size XX-Large
Rarity
Total Catch
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15000 Bells
Tank Size 3.0 x 2.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Blathers will say this when an Arapaima is donated:

"My word! I've never seen such a tremendous specimen! A fish such as this is found only once in a great while. A true rarity among rarities! Extraordinary! Top notch! This, we will treasure, I assure you. Cross my heart and hope to molt. Hoo!"

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers' speech is as follows when the Arapaima is donated to the Museum:

"You might think a fish this big might not be appetizing, but it's simply delicious! The arapaima used to be abundant, but overfishing has sadly made them rare. One has to wonder how many species must suffer to satiate the world..."

When donated, it is in the second tank in the first room.

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will give this speech upon donation:

"My, it is massive, isn't it? Not just large, but the largest river-dwelling fish in the world, it's said. Records indicate a specimen some 200 inches (5 meters) in length has been sighted before... Looking at it now, the theory that this fish hasn't changed in 100 million years seems believable!"

This fish, when donated, will appear in the middle right tank.

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium will display this description about the Arapaima after donation:

"Arapaima, at over two yards long, are one of the largest freshwater-fish breeds in the world. They've been around for over 100 million years, making them rather ancient fish as well. They breathe through gills but also with an air bladder used by poking their mouths above water. They have hard,coarse tongues that are used to break down the smaller fish they eat."

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donation, Blathers will say this:

"The stately arapaima is quite large. Indeed, it is among the largest freshwater fish there are. Furthermore, these fascinating fish make quite the family unit. That is to say, male arapaimas protect their young by holding them gently in their mouths. Meanwhile, female arapaimas swim circles around these full-mouthed fathers fending off predators. It simply goes to show that cold-blooded creatures can be heartwarming too."

Further information[edit]

A real life Arapaima

The arapaima is the largest freshwater fish in the world and it can be found in the Amazon River which is in South America. It is sometimes called the pirarucu or paiche. This fish can grow to about 3.2 metres, but normally about 2 to 2.5. The supposed maximum length is 4.5 metres, although this comes from an early 19th century second-hand report, and it has not been confirmed.The arapaima male is supposed to be a mouthbrooder, meaning the young are protected in its mouth until they are older. The female arapaima helps to protect the male and the young by circling them and fending off potential predators. Arapaimas breathe air and get their red coloring from their diet of red crusteceans.

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Note[edit]

  1. Animal Crossing to New Leaf
  2. Northern Hemisphere in New Horizons
  3. Southern Hemisphere in New Horizons


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ピラルク
piraruku
From Brazilian local name "pirarucu", derived from Tupi words meaning "red fish"

Korean 피라루쿠
piraruku
From Brazilian local name

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
巨骨舌鱼 / 巨骨舌魚
jùgǔshéyú
Lit. "large bony-tongued fish"

Russian Арапаима
Arapaima

Dutch Arapaima

German Arapaima

European Spanish Pirarucú From Brazilian local name

European French Arapaïma

Italian Pirarucù From Brazilian local name