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Scientific name Latimeria chalumnae
Family Latimeriidae - Gombessa
Time of year All year
Time of day All day (Animal Crossing)
4 PM to 9 AM (Animal Forest e+, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Location Ocean (during snow or rain)
Size 168 cm
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Very Rare
Selling price 15,000 Bells
Appearances Doubutsu no Mori,
Doubutsu no Mori+,
Animal Crossing,
Doubutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Coelacanth (pronounced ˈsiː.lə.kænθ, "seel-uh-canth") (シーラカンス, Shīrakansu) is a very rare fish. The player can only fish for it at the ocean if it is raining or snowing. Coelacanths appear in every main Animal Crossing series title. It first appears in Doubutsu no Mori, in which it is the only fish to be featured in the ocean.

The player has the option to donate a Coelacanth to the museum, and it is worth 15,000 Bells. He or she can view it in a large tank in the back of the fish exhibit. In New Leaf, it is grouped in the same tank as other large saltwater fish.



"Would you look at that! I caught a living fossil! I didn't know they really existed!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"Whoa! Whoa! Woah! I caught a living fossil! Amazing! What are you doing down there?" —Wild World
"A coelacanth? I caught a living fossil! Amazing! Who knew these things were still around?" —City Folk
"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?" —New Leaf


The Coelacanth is described by Blathers in the first three games, whereas in New Leaf, it is described from an associated description plate.

"Hoo, my goodness! Glorious! Seen in this light, of course, it's quite a grotesque beast. And yet, it does have a certain peculiar allure, wot? You may rest assured that we shall treat it with much affection and respect, wot! My word as a gentleowl."
— Blathers, Animal Crossing
"It was once thought that the coelacanth had gone extinct, eh wot? Indeed, right up until a scholar saw them lined up in a market. Hoo hoo! That would clearly suggest that they are edible, don't you agree? Though I must admit, they don't look like they would taste very good..."
— Blathers, Wild World
"Many years ago, the theory was that the coelacanth had gone extinct...But as it turns out, it still exists and has been living deep in the ocean this whole time, wot? Imagine! This fish has known the world since the dinosaurs... Perhaps it's the true master of the sea!"
— Blathers, City Folk
"Coelacanths are ancient fish once believed to be extinct but recently discovered around South Africa. Called "living fossils," they have apparently changed very little over the past 400 million years. They can live for over 60 years and reach lengths of six feet but have rather small brains, even for fish. They have more fins and harder scales than the average fish, making them a rather resilient breed. Their flavour is very different from most fish, and they contain a fat that is indigestible by humans. It's for that second reason that eating them really isn't highly recommended."
— Description plate, New Leaf

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Coelacanth WW.png ''Nocturnal. Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim."
  • Size- 4.9 feet (1.5 m)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- All year

City Folk[edit]

Coelacanth (City Folk).png ''Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people."
  • Size- About 60 inches (150 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- All year

Further information[edit]

A real world Coelacanth

The Coelacanth is an ancient species of fish that was, for a long time, believed to be extinct, due to the discovery of fossils. The first ever live one was caught in 1938. It can grow up to two meters in length and lives for an average of forty-eight years. Coelacanths are found off the south coast of Africa, living in steep rocky shores, sheltering in caves during the day. It can travel around eight kilometers a night in search for food, passively swimming with the current, making it a "slow-moving" fish that only uses its fins to adjust its position. It preys on fish and squid, but some have been known to eat eels, skates, and even sharks. Its main predator is likely to be large sharks.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シーラカンス
Spanish Celacanto
French Cœlacanthe
German Quastenflosser Coelacanth
Italian Coelacante
Celacanto (NL)


  • In City Folk, if the player gives a Coelacanth to Wendell, he refuses to take it, saying his mother told him to not eat them. In the real world, coelacanth are poisonous, inedible fish.