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Barreleye NH.png
Scientific name
Macropinna microstoma
(Pacific barreleye)
Opisthoproctidae (barreleyes)
Months available All year
Times available 9 pm to 4 am
Location Sea
Size ???
Shadow size Small
Rarity Very Rare
Sell price 15,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese デメニギス
Simplified Chinese 太平洋桶眼鱼
French Macropinna
Spanish Pez cabeza transparente
Italian Macropinna
Russian Опистопрокт

Korean 데메니기스
Traditional Chinese 太平洋桶眼魚
Quebec French Revenant
Latin American Spanish Pez cabeza transparente
German Glaskopffisch
Dutch Hemelkijker

The Barreleye is a saltwater fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a barreleye! Like eyeing fish in a barrel!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day 9 PM – 4 AM
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Total Catch 100
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 22500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Like all fish, bugs, and sea creatures in the Animal Crossing series, the Barreleye can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. He will tell the player some information about it when the player donates it.

In New Horizons[edit]

When asked about the fish, Blathers will say the following:

"The barreleye is a deep-sea fish with protuberant eyes and a clear head, so some of its organs are... visible. At first blush, a transparent head seems absurd, but there is a reason: so it can see things directly above! But I must confess - the more I learn about deep-sea fish, the happier I am to live on dry land, wot."

When donated, the Barreleye can be found in the north-eastern-most room of the fish exhibit, in the "sea" tank which is near the submersible and diving suit. It shares this tank with the Coelacanth, Football Fish, and Oarfish.


Real-world information[edit]

Macropinna microstoma is the only species of fish in the genus Macropinna, belonging to the Opisthoproctidae, the barreleye family. It is recognized for a highly unusual transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen. The eyes have a barrel shape and can be rotated to point either forward or straight up, looking through the fish's transparent dome. M. microstoma has a tiny mouth and most of its body is covered with large scales. The fish normally hangs nearly motionless in the water, at a depth of about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 800 metres (2,600 ft), using its large fins for stability and with its eyes directed upward.

M. microstoma has been known to science since 1939, but is not known to have been photographed alive until 2004. Old drawings do not show the transparent dome, as it is usually destroyed when brought up from the depths.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese デメニギス
Lit. "pop-eyed smelt-like (fish)"

Korean 데메니기스
Transliteration of Japanese name

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
太平洋桶眼鱼 / 太平洋桶眼魚
tàipíngyáng tǒngyǎnyú
Lit. "Pacific barreleye fish"

Russian Опистопрокт
From family name

Dutch Hemelkijker Lit. "heaven eye"

German Glaskopffisch Lit. "glass-head fish"

European Spanish Pez cabeza transparente Lit. "transparent head fish"

European French Macropinna From genus name

Quebec French Revenant Lit. "ghost"

Italian Macropinna From genus name