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"I caught a dab! Didja see it? You're a dab, right?" —Wild World
"I caught a dab! And I'm feeling fab!" —City Folk
"I caught a dab! I'm not just dabbling anymore!" —New Leaf
"I caught a dab! Not bad!" —New Horizons
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Dab NH.png
Scientific name Limanda limanda
Family Pleuronectidae - Righteye flounders
Time of year October to April
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 50 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Common
Selling price 300 Bells
200 Bells PAL Wild World
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Dab (カレイ, Karei) is a fish in the flatfish group. It has the least letters in its name of all fish, except the Ray, which has three as well. Coincidentally, they are both in the flatfish group. It can be found in the ocean. It, when sold at Tom Nook's Store, will get the player only 300 Bells. The lighter shaded Olive Flounder is commonly mistaken for the Dab in real life, as well as by the player in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: New Leaf when they catch one.

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?

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Dab WW.png ''About half the size of olive flounders, they like to bury themselves in the sand."
  • Size- 49.5 cm
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Fall and winter

They do not show up when olive flounders are around.

City Folk[edit]

Dab (City Folk).png ''These have flat, asymmetrical bodies. The eyes are on the right side."
  • Size- About 50 cm
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Winter to spring

Further 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Schar Dab
Russian Камбала