Ribbon Eel

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"I caught a ribbon eel! Can it tie itself into a bow?" —New Horizons
Ribbon eel
Japanese Unknown Korean Unknown Chinese Unknown
French Murène ruban bleue Italian Unknown Spanish Anguila listón azul
German Nasenmuräne Dutch Unknown Russian Unknown
Ribbon Eel NH.png
Scientific name Rhinomuraena quaesita
(ribbon eel)
Family Muraenidae (morays)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Ribbon Eel (ハナヒゲウツボ, Hanahigeutsubo) is an ocean fish that debuted in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In New Leaf, it appears only in the ocean surrounding Tortimer Island. It has a thin shadow size and can be sold for 600 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


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

Times All Year: All Day
Peak Times -
Location Tortimer Island
Shadow Size Thin
Fish Size 120cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
Tank 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 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 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
Total Catch
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Donating 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."

Donating in New Horizons[edit]

Blathers will say the following once you give the ribbon eel to him:

"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.

In the Fishing Tourney[edit]

When given a Ribbon eel in the fishing tourney, Chip will say:

"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!"

Further 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
Traditional Chinese
五彩鳗 / 五彩鰻
Rainbow eel

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"