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"I caught a catfish! I think I'll name it Whiskers..." —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a catfish! Here, kitty kitty!" —Wild World
"I caught a catfish! Who's meowing now?!" —City Folk
"I caught a catfish! Do you think it has 9 lives?" —New Leaf
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Scientific name Pylodictis olivaris
Family Ictaluridae - Freshwater Catfishes
Time of year May to October
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am
Location River (Animal Crossing)
Lake (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Size 60 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Common
Selling price 200 Bells (Animal Forest, Animal Crossing)
800 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Catfish (ナマズ, Namazu) is the most common river pool fish. Selling for 800 Bells, the Catfish is the second least expensive river pool fish. It appears from May until October and from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m..

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers will give a generic comment about common fish:

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed.

In Wild World[edit]

"I've heard some claim that these fish taste a bit like eel, you know. If you want to sample it, <Player Name>, I'd recommend panfrying it. Indeed, I believe you could deep-fry a rock, and I'd enjoy it, wot!"

In City Folk[edit]

"Catfish are known the world over for their voracious appetites! They'll try to eat anything in one bite, up to and including things the of their bodies...or so I hear! The largest of these hungry fish can grow up to 40 inches in length... Imagine going down to the river and having one of those behemoths come at you! The horror!"

It can be found in the middle-left tank in the aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

Blathers does not make a small talk about the fish in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but there is an information board for the Catfish.

"Catfish are known for their long whiskers, wide bodies, and large mouths, but they don't have fur. Despite having large eyes, they have rather poor eyesight. They make up for this with sensory whiskers. Catfish have small horizontal and vertical lines in their bodies, almost like perforated lines. These holes are for detecting weak electric currents of other fish, making them adept hunters. Catfish are artful carnivores as they swim around lazily, but then strike quickly when prey is found."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Catfish WW.png ''They're nocturnal carnivores and cannibals. This, of course makes them hard to breed."
  • Size- 59.4 cm
  • Habitat- Ponds
  • Season- Summer and fall

City Folk[edit]

Catfish (City Folk).png ''These nocturnal carnivores are also cannibals, so they're hard to farm-raise."
  • Size- About 50 cm
  • Habitat- River pools
  • Season- Summer to fall

Further information[edit]

A real life Catfish

Catfish have one of the greatest range in size within a single order of bony fish. Many catfish have a maximum length of under 12 cm. Some of the smallest species of Aspredinidae and Trichomycteridae reach sexual maturity at only 1 centimeter (0.4 in). The Siluriformes are commonly caught in real life, usually in ponds or lakes. In some fiction, it plays a pun on the name 'Catfish' by making it have the head of a cat. In some parts of the world, catfish are eaten.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Siluro Sheatfish
French Silure Catfish
German Katzenwels Catfish