Bitterling

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Bitterling
Bitterling NH.png
Scientific name
Acheilognathus melanogaster
(Japanese bitterling)
Family
Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Months available November to March (Northern Hemisphere)
May to September (Southern Hemisphere)
Times available All day
Location River
Size 11 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Common
Sell price 1,300 Bells (Animal Crossing)
900 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese タナゴ
Korean 납줄개
Italian Rodeo
German Bitterling

Simplified Chinese 红目鲫
French Bouvière
Spanish Amarguillo
Dutch Bittervoorn

Traditional Chinese 红目鲫
Quebec French Bouvière
Latin American Spanish Amarguillo
Russian Горчак


The Bitterling is a freshwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#10

Bitterling
"I caught a bitterling! I wonder what makes this little guy so angry..."

Times Dec – Feb: All day
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#1

Bitterling
"I caught a bitterling! So small, so very bitter!"

Description They lay their eggs in live shellfish, so they're easy to raise, but hard to breed.
Times Nov – Feb: All day
Peak Times Dec – Feb
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 10 cm
Rarity Unknown
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 700 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#1

Bitterling
"I caught a bitterling! But it's pretty sweet to me!"

Description Easy to raise but tricky to breed, these are hard to find in the wild.
Times Nov – Feb: All day
Peak Times Unknown
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size About 4 inches (10 cm)
Rarity Unknown
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#1

Bitterling
""I caught a bitterling! What's it so bitter about?""

Times Nov – Feb: All day
Peak Times Dec – Feb: 4 AM – 9PM
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 8cm
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#83

Bitterling

Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 6.4 cm – 9.6 cm
Rarity
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]

#1

Bitterling
"I caught a bitterling! It's mad at me, but only a little."

Time of Year North: Nov – Mar
South: May – Sep
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size X-Small
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1350 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series , the Bitterling can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will follow the donation up with a small talk.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers will say this as the fish is donated:

"I must say, I've never personally considered eating one of these before. It's so very...goldfishy... No, not particularly tasty-looking, to be sure..."

After donation, the Bitterling can be found in the front tank in the first room.

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say this when handed the small fish:

"It's quite common for enthusiasts to keep bitterlings in the same tank as tropical fish, eh wot? Indeed, once upon a time, this fish was a popular choice for the private fishing ponds of the rich!"

It can be found swimming around in the middle-left tank in the Aquarium after donation.

In New Leaf[edit]

After donating the Bitterling, the following information will be displayed by its tank:

These fish are so small, they can fit their entire body in the palm of your hand. During mating season, the male's belly turns a light orange in order to properly attract a mate. They live in rivers and lakes and deposit eggs in large bivalves where the eggs hatch and live for a while.

The Bitterling can be found in the larger of the two left-hand tanks in the freshwater fish room.

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Bitterlings hide their eggs inside large bivalves—like clams—where the young can stay safe until grown. The bitterling isn't being sneaky. No, their young help keep the bivalve healthy by eating invading parasites! It's a wonderful bit of evolutionary deal making, don't you think? Each one keeping the other safe... Though eating parasites does not sound like a happy childhood... Is that why the fish is so bitter?"

Gallery[edit]

Further information[edit]

A real life bitterling

The Rhodeus sericeus, or "Bitterling" is a harmless fish that lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, muddy and sandy pools, as well as the backwaters of rivers. It feeds mainly on plant material, but has been known to feed on small insect larvae. The Bitterling lays its eggs in the mantle cavity of mussels. The bitterlings can be found in central and eastern Europe, and are often seen in public aquariums and can be bought for private aquariums. It is a low-risk fish (not under threat). Small Wikipedia logo.png More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese タナゴ
tanago
Bitterling

Korean 납줄개
napjulgae
Bitterling

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
红目鲫 / 紅目鯽
hóngmùjì
Bitterling

Russian Горчак
Gorchak
Bitterling

Dutch Bittervoorn Bitterling

German Bitterling Bitterling

European Spanish Amarguillo

European French Bouvière Bitterling

Italian Rodeo Bitterling