Butterfly Fish

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"I caught a butterfly fish! I didn't even have to use a net!" —City Folk
"I caught a butterfly fish! As mayor, welcome to my pockets!" —New Leaf (if mayor)
"I caught a butterfly fish! Keep flying, fishy!" —New Leaf (if not mayor/visiting another town)
Scientific name Forcipiger flavissimus
Family Chaetodontidae - Butterflyfish
Time of year April to September
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size About 18 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 1,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Butterflyfish (チョウチョウウオ, Chōchō̄o) is a small, yellow fish that appears in the ocean during April to September. It is uncommon. It can be found all day long. This fish will sell for 1,000 Bells, and must not be confused with the Sea Butterfly, which also sells for 1,000 Bells, but appears in winter. The Butterflyfish appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Donation to the Museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating the Butterflyfish to the Museum, Blathers will say;

"This is a butterflyfish, but the truth is that there are over 100 varieties of this creature... They live in the oceans of the far south, and each variety has its own distinctive coloration. These fish are most often seen socializing in groups among stalks of coral. Rather chatty, wot?"

It can be found in the back tank with the other ocean fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the information board in front of the tank that houses the Butterflyfish says:

"Butterfly fish are considered very cute pets, popular because of their beautiful nature. They glide through the warm seas by flapping their yellow bodies as if they were butterflies. Their diets are surprisingly hardy, as they gobble coral and poisonous anemones using narrow mouths. Butterfly-fish couples have been known to live together for 10 years or more. Often they can be seen swimming around in pairs. You'll likely never find a better underwater romance."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Butterfly Fish:

"Now, with a butterfly fish, you want to salt and then grill that guy right up. I'm not that picky, of course, so I'm just gonna scarf it raw!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

City Folk[edit]

Butterfly Fish (City Folk).png ''These are said to use their bright colors to communicate with their peers."
  • Size- About 18 cm
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring to fall

Further information[edit]

The real life butterflyfish.

This butterflyfish is a Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris). In the game, it does not have the long nose. There are many species of butterflyfish, some of which bear a resemblance to the barred knifejaw.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Pez mariposa Same as English name.
French Poisson-papillon Same as English name.
Italian Pesce farfalla Same as English name.