Ribbon eel

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Ribbon Eel NH Icon.png Ribbon eel  
Artwork of ribbon eel
Real-world info
Name: Rhinomuraena quaesita
(ribbon eel)

Family: Muraenidae (morays)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Murène ruban bleue
 Murène ruban bleue
 Anguila de listón azul
 Anguila de listón azul
 Murena a nastro
 Носатая мурена

The ribbon eel[nb 1] is a sea fish that first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In New Leaf it appears only in the sea surrounding Tortimer Island and can be caught year-round, while in New Horizons it appears anywhere in the sea, but can only be caught from summer to mid fall. In both games, it appears as a uniquely narrow shadow, shared only by the eel and moray eel, all day long.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Ribbon eel
"I caught a ribbon eel! Good for tying on to presents!"

Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Tortimer Island
Shadow size Long
Fish size 120 cm
Selling price  600 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Ribbon eel

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Long
Fish size
Rarity ★★
Catch rate 3.4692%
Selling price  500 Bells
Request reward  1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Ribbon eel
"I caught a ribbon eel! Can it tie itself into a bow?"

Time of year North: Jun – Oct
South: Dec – Apr
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Long
Rarity Uncommon
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 600 Bells
 C.J. 900 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After donating a ribbon eel to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and sea creatures, specifically in the top-right most tank in the north-western room.

The exhibit has this to say about the ribbon eel:

"Ribbon eels have long, ribbonlike bodies and look as if they have flowers sprouting from their noses. They get their name from their bright, vivid color, in addition to the length of their skinny bodies. Ribbon eels hatch sexless before first becoming males, then females as they age. Their tendency to stick their heads out from holes in the sand and open their mouths is not a sign of anger. In actuality, they're merely taking a breath. Oddly, they're surprisingly peaceful creatures, despite the look."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"The ribbon eel is related to the moray eel, though its bright coloration distinguishes it. It also has an unusual plant-like appendage at the tip of its nose that flutters as the creature moves. I like to think of it as having an extremely friendly nose that waves a greeting to those nearby!"

The ribbon eel can be found in the coral reef tank.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a ribbon eel, Chip will say the following:

"I hear ribbon eel makes for some really great tempura! Ever try that? I mean, I'm just gonna eat this guy as is. Patience? What's that? YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

The ribbon eel, also known as a Bernis eel, has a life-span of up to twenty years, although they almost always die within a month of captivity. Ribbon eels often are within rocks or other enclosing structures and breathe with their mouths open, often giving off an angry or aggressive appearance.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ハナヒゲウツボ
"Flower-bearded moray"

Korean 리본장어
Ribbon eel

Simplified Chinese 五彩鳗
Rainbow eel

Traditional Chinese 五彩鰻

Russian Носатая мурена
Nosataya murena
Big-nosed moray

Dutch Lintmurene Ribbon eel

German Nasenmuräne "Nose moray eel"

European Spanish Anguila listón azul "Blue ribbon eel"

European French Murène ruban bleue "Blue ribbon eel"

Italian Murena a nastro "Nose moray"


  1. Japanese: ハナヒゲウツボ Hepburn: Hanahigeutsubo