Saddled bichir

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Artwork of saddled bichir
Real-world info
Name: Polypterus endlicheri
(saddled bichir)

Family: Polypteridae (bichirs)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Bichir ensillado
 Многопер Эндлихера
 Bichir ensillado

The saddled bichir (エンドリケリー, Endorikerī) is a freshwater fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It appears as a large shadow in rivers from 9 PM - 4 AM from summer to early fall, and sells for  4,000 Bells.

The saddled bichir is one of two fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf that can only be caught from 9 PM to 4 AM, the other being the blowfish. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it is now one of four fish to be caught exclusively in that time frame, along with the returning blowfish, as well as the newly introduced snapping turtle and barreleye.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Saddled bichir
"Wow! A saddled bichir! Now I'm saddled with guilt!"

Time of year Jun – Sep
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location River
Shadow size Large
Fish size 60 cm
Selling price  4,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Saddled bichir
"Wow! A saddled bichir! And me without my tiny riding crop..."

Time of year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Location River
Shadow size Large
Rarity Uncommon
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 4,000 Bells
 C.J. 6,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

"The cool-looking saddled bichir are ancient fish with spiky fins on their backs. Though they've been around for more than 400 million years, they remain relatively unchanged. They have big appetites and will wait to ambush any fish they think will fit in their mouths. They can grow up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) long, making them rather large fish indeed. They swim slowly in a way that gives them the appearance of walking like dinosaurs."

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:

"What an elegant specimen you've found. The saddled bichir has a look entirely of its own. They have poor eyesight, so they use their fine-tuned sniffers to seek out prey. Can you imagine relying solely on your sense of smell to find food? And if one nostril became clogged, would you be unable to tell how far away the scent was?"

Once donated to the museum, the saddled bichir can be found in the jungle tank in the first exhibit room with the arowana and arapaima.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a saddled bichir, Chip will say the following:

"I wonder... Do you think saddled bichir are good as a snack? Hey now, even I don't have the guts to just gulp this guy down."


Real-world information[edit]

A saddled bichir in real life

The Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri is a predatory fish that will consume anything small enough to eat whole or in smaller pieces. Though it can reach great speeds in bursts, it cannot maintain a speed fast enough to keep up with the average fish.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese エンドリケリー
Part of the scientific name ("Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri")

Korean 엔드리케리
Derived from scientific name

Simplified Chinese 恩氏多鳍鱼
ēnshì duōqíyú
Translation of scientific name ("Endlicher's many-finned (fish)")

Traditional Chinese 恩氏多鰭魚

Russian Многопер Эндлихера
Mnogopyor Endlikhera
Endlicher's bichir

Dutch Kwastsnoek Bichir

German Flösselhecht Bichir

European Spanish Bichir ensillado saddled bichir

European French Bichir Part of the English name

Italian Polipteride From family name