Mitten Crab

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Mitten Crab
Mitten Crab NH.png
Scientific name
Eriocheir sinensis
(Chinese mitten crab)
Months available September 16 to November (New Leaf)
September to November (New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere))
March to May (New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere))
Times available 4 PM to 9 AM
Location River
Size 8 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Rare
Sell price 2,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese シャンハイガニ
Simplified Chinese 中华绒螯蟹
French Crabe chinois
Spanish Cangrejo de Shanghái
Italian Granchio guantato
Russian Мохнорукий краб

Korean 참게
Traditional Chinese 中華絨螯蟹
Quebec French Crabe chinois
Latin American Spanish Cangrejo de Shanghái
German Wollhandkrabbe
Dutch Wolhandkrab

The Mitten Crab (シャンハイガニ, Shanhaigani) is a type of fish that can be found in the river introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It can be found starting on September 16 and all throughout November between 4 PM and 9 AM. It can be sold for 2000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Mitten Crab
"I caught a mitten crab! I'm smitten, crab!"

Times Mid-September - November: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 8cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Mitten Crab
"I caught a mitten crab! One more and I'm ready for winter!"

Time of Year North: Sep – Nov
South: Mar – May
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After being donated to the museum, the mitten crab can be found in the left room inside the third tank. The exhibit has this to say about the Mitten Crab:

"Officially known as the mitten crab, they also go by the name "shanghai crab." They are commonly used in Chinese dishes, which is how most people become familiar with them. Their breeding habits are the complete opposite of salmon in that they hatch in the ocean first. They move up rivers when they reach adult size, returning to the ocean in order to spawn."

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers will say the following when given a Mitten Crab:

"The mitten crab was named for its impossibly adorable and fuzzy little pincers. These cute crustaceans embark on quite the journey. They're first born in brackish waters. Then they mature in freshwater. Finally, they travel to the ocean to create more mitten crabs!Hoo! How I delight in the thought of thousands of tiny mittened crabs scuttling about!"

Real-world information[edit]

A real-life mitten crab

The 'Mitten Crab', also known as the 'Chinese Mitten Crab' or 'Shanghai Crab' is a burrowing crab originating in Asia. On its claws are dense bristles that give it the appearance of wearing "mittens". This crab is also an invasive species in the U.S. and Europe, due to illegal transport and the crab's ability to survive in adverse conditions such as swimming pools. The 'Mitten Crab' is also a delicacy in Shanghai during the Autumn season, and it can now even be found in vending machines in China.

More info can be found on the Mitten Crab's Wikipedia page.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese シャンハイガニ
Shanghai crab

European French Crabe Chinois