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Herabuna DnM+ Icon.png Herabuna  
Artwork of herabuna
Real-world info
Name: Carassius cuvieri
(Japanese white crucian carp)

Family: Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The herabuna[nb 1] is a freshwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. It is unique in that in only appears in Doubutsu no Mori+, making it the only Japan-exclusive fish in the series. The herabuna is also the only fish to appear in Doubutsu no Mori+ but not in Doubutsu no Mori e+.

In Animal Crossing, it is replaced with the statistically similar brook trout. The herabuna is similar in size and design to the crucian carp, but it differs in that it is taller and has a more prominently arched back.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori+[edit]

Herabuna DnM+ Field Sprite.png
Crucian Carp PG Field Sprite.png
Crucian carp
A comparison between the herabuna and crucian carp
"ヘラブナを つりあげた! へらべったーい!"
Translation: "I caught a herabuna! It's sure not spatula shaped!"
Time of year[nb 2] All year
Time of day All day
Location Lake
Shadow size Medium
Selling price  300 Bells
Feng shui None
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

When a herabuna is donated, Blathers will say this:

"This is one of those fish that seem to mysteriously disappear from time to time. Drives fishermen batty, wot! Have no fear, dear friend! You're leaving this beauty in very good wings, hmmm? Hoo! Owl humor. Hoo hoo!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life herabuna

The Japanese white crucian carp, as it is known in America, is a freshwater dwelling fish that originated in Japan. Now spread through most of Asia, it was thought to be a species of wild goldfish.

In Japan, this fish is more commonly known as the Gengoro-buna (ゲンゴロウブナ) in a general context, and is considered an Endangered species. It's called Hera-buna (ヘラブナ) when referring to a cultivated variant, bigger in size, and mainly used in sports fishing as a substitute for another type of carp; the Nigoro-buna (ニゴロブナ).

The 7th edition for the Japanese dictionary "Kōjien", explains that the origin of this species name comes from "the fish caught by the Katada Fisherman Gengorō, which he offered as a tribute to the then-lord of the Castle Azuchi (Oda Nobunaga)".

The "buna" in its name, as with other similarly named carps, comes from the word "funa" (フナ), used to refer to the Carassius genus of carps. More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.


  1. Japanese: ヘラブナ Hepburn: Hera-bunaHerabuna
  2. All bugs and fish in the first-generation games can appear at a lower spawn rate up to five days before the start of their first month of availability.