Dab

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Dab
Dab NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Limanda limanda
(sand dab)

Family: Pleuronectidae (right-eyed flounders)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese カレイ
Korean 가자미
Italian Platessa
German Kliesche

Simplified Chinese 鲽鱼
French Limande
Spanish Gallo
Dutch Schar

Traditional Chinese 鰈魚
Quebec French Limande
Latin American Spanish Gallo
Russian Камбала


The Dab (カレイ, Karei) is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori e+. It is very similar in appearance to the Olive Flounder, another saltwater fish, which is even confused with the Dab by the player in its catch quotes in Wild World and New Leaf.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Dab is used in the Dab Meunière recipe for the Harvest Festival.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

#42

Dab
"カレイを つり・・・ あれ? ほんとに?"

Times October - April: All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size -
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#46

Dab
"I caught a dab! Didja see it? You're a dab, right?"

Description About half the size of olive flounders, they like to bury themselves in the sand.
Times October - April: All day
Peak Times -
Location Sea
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 50 cm
Rarity -
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#51

Dab
"I caught a dab! And I'm feeling fab!"

Description These have flat, asymmetrical bodies. The eyes are on the right side.
Times October - April: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size About 20 inches (60 cm)
Rarity -
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#56

Dab
"I caught a dab! I'm not just dabbling anymore!"

Times October - April: All Day
Peak Times November - March
Location Sea
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 50cm
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#33

Dab

Event Availability Flounder Goals
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 67.2 cm - 92.8 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]

In New Horizons, a Dab can be used as an ingredient in the fish meunière dish on Turkey Day in the Northern Hemisphere.

#61

Dab
"I caught a dab! Not bad!"

Time of Year North: Oct – Apr
South: Apr – Oct
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size Medium
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Dab can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. When donating, Blathers will tell the player a little bit about the donation. Below is what he has to say in each game.

In City Folk[edit]

"By the by... Just so you know, eyes on a dab are positioned on the right, but on the left on a flounder. When young, these fish are shaped like ordinary fish, but... As they mature, they start becoming flatter in preparation for adulthood! What professionalism! You can tell this is a very responsible fish, wot?"

The Dab can be found in the tank at the back of the room, with other sea fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"Dabs generally have both eyes on the right side of their body, though there are some exceptions. Both types of dabs begin in infancy with an eye on each side of their body. As dabs grow, the eye on the left migrates to the right, though sometimes it doesn't move at all. Dabs dig in the sand to hide, which allows their eyes to stick up a bit to watch for danger. Because they live off of bugs and small creatures, their mouths are small, containing narrow, dull teeth."

In New Horizons[edit]

The dab is a flatfish that bears some resemblance to the olive flounder, though their mouths are different. Personally, I am morbidly fascinated by each fish's eye placement. The dab's eyes are both on its right side, while the olive flounder's are on the left. These fish spend lots of time lying on their sides in the sand, so the odd eye placement makes some sense... But its-how can I put this? Creepy? Viscerally disturbing? Profoundly upsetting to fans of symmetry?

Gallery[edit]


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life common dab

The common dab is the smallest flatfish in the world. It can be found on sandy seabeds, most commonly in the North Sea off the east coast of England.

Trivia[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カレイ
karei
Flatfish

Korean 가자미
gajami
Flatfish

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
鲽鱼 / 鰈魚
diéyú
European plaice

Russian Камбала
Kambala
Flatfish

Dutch Schar Dab

German Kliesche Dab

European Spanish Gallo Megrim, another kind of flatfish

European French Limande Dab

Italian Platessa European plaice