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"I caught a clownfish! Who's laughing now?" —Wild World
"I caught a clownfish! Where's your red nose, hm?" —City Folk
"I caught a clown fish! Who's laughing now?" —New Leaf
"I caught a clown fish! How many can fit in a carfish?" —New Horizons
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Clown Fish PC Icon.png
Scientific name Amphiprion bicinctus
Family Pomacentridae - Clownfish/Damselfish
Time of year April to September
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 15 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 650 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Clownfish (クマノミ, Kumanomi) is an orange fish with white stripes. It can be found in the ocean and has a tiny shadow size. It appears all day from April to September. It sells for 650 Bells.

Donating to the museum[edit]

Blathers will say the following once the fish has been donated to the museum.

In Wild World[edit]

"The clownfish usually finds solace within the fronds of an anemone, wot? These fish are fairly hearty and easy to breed, so they're quite common. If you're going to raise one as a pet, I recommend that you buy an anemone with it!"

It can be found in the ocean tank at the back of the aquarium, swimming in the area around the anemones on the left side of the exhibit.

In City Folk[edit]

"Clownfish go hand in hand with sea anemones, wot? A single clownfish family will take up residence in each sea anemone. Occasionally the clownfish will share some of its food with its landlord... All in all, it's a wonderfully amiable little fish who really knows how to treat its neighbors!"

It can be found in the small tank on the right hand side of the aquarium, sharing its tank with the Sea Butterfly and Surgeonfish in City Folk.

In New Leaf[edit]

"Clown fish spend their lives hiding among the feelers of sea anemones, a place only they can live. Their homes may be dangerous, but they produce a special coating that protects them from the poison. In exchange for the anemone's protection, the clown fish chases off any parasitic bugs and enemies. Curiously, all clown fish are males when they're young but change into females if necessity demands."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Few can deny the delightful qualities of the clown fish. These vibrant fishes make their home among venomous anemones. It's a mutually beneficial arrangement. The clown fish finds safety in the anemone's wriggling arms, as well as leftover scraps of food. In return, clown fish ward off parasites and predators for the anemone. Thus these colorful fish remind us of the importance of maintaining good cheer among our roommates."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Clownfish:

"I've heard clown fish go great grilled up with salt, but I've never had the chance to try them. Maybe it's because I'm too quick to just munch 'em raw!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Clownfish WW.png ''Clownfish spend life protected by anemones. All clownfish start life as males."
  • Size- 15 cm
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring and summer

City Folk[edit]

Clownfish (City Folk).png ''These live within anemones. All are born male; some become female later on."
  • Size- About 15 cm
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring to fall

Further information[edit]

Two clownfish with a purple sea anemone.

Clownfish are native to Indian and Pacific water and can be found in the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. It is usually paired with the Surgeonfish and Butterflyfish, sharing tropical and reef aquariums. The species of clownfish featured in the Animal Crossing series is the common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) which is the most recognizable clownfish and the one most likely found in aquariums. They are usually peaceful, but have been known to attack each other. As mentioned by Blathers in City Folk, it holds a strong bond with a sea anemone, using it as a home and place of shelter. Although the sea anemone is toxic, it fails to poison a clownfish, because the clownfish has a mucus lining on its skin that protects it. The clownfish and the sea anemone feed each other respectively, with the clownfish feeding on undigested matter left by the sea anemone and the sea anemone eats what the clownfish excretes. Wild clownfish are very rarely caught to be used in private and public aquariums; they are now tank-bred, which insures they are more immune to diseases and less stressed when introduced to aquariums.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Pez payaso Same as in English.
French Poisson-clown Clownfish
Russian Рыба-клоун