Sea Butterfly

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"I caught a sea butterfly! I didn't even use a net!" —Wild World and New Leaf
"I caught a sea butterfly! I wonder if it used to be a sea caterpillar?" —City Folk
"I caught a sea butterfly! Try not to confuse it for a sea moth!" —New Horizons
Sea Butterfly
Japanese クリオネ Korean 클리오네 Chinese 海蝴蝶
French Clione Italian Cavolinia Spanish Mariposa marina
German See-Engel Dutch Zeevlinder Russian Морской ангел
Sea Butterfly NH.png
Scientific name Clione limacina
(naked sea butterfly)
Family Clionidae (sea butterflies)
Time of year December to February
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 2 in (5 cm)
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Common
Selling price 1,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Sea Butterfly (クリオネ, Kurione) is a fish introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. They can be caught in the ocean during winter and are the only winter fish that cast such a small shadow in the sea and so, can be identified easily.

Catch details[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Sea Butterfly PC Icon.png

Event Availability Fishing Tourney #2
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 2.5 cm - 3.5 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Sea Butterfly NH Icon.png
"I caught a sea butterfly! Try not to confuse it for a sea moth!"

Time of Year North: Dec – Mar
South: Jun – Sep
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size X-Small
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

The Sea Butterfly can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. Below is what he says during the donation:

In Wild World[edit]

"The sea butterfly is in the same family as snails, as you may or may not know. You might think it's strange to have a snail without a shell, eh wot? Indeed, well, slugs are also snails without shells! I must admit, being lumped in with slugs probably angers the sea butterfly.

The Sea Butterfly is placed in the large ocean tank in the aquatic display in the back room.

In City Folk[edit]

It occupies a large glass tube in the lower-right corner of the fish exhibition, with other small oceanic fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation, the information board outside the tank that houses the Sea Butterfly says:

"Sea butterflies go with the flow, as they'll drift in cold winter waters along the ice floes. They are called "ice-floe angels" because of the mysterious way they swim with their winglike arms. Their heads will open up when they make an attempt to catch their helpless prey. Once its head is opened, it grabs its prey with six special feelers called "buccal cones". The only place you'll find both cold-water and tropical sea butterflies swimming together is in this game."

In New Horizons[edit]

Such mystery! Such grace! Did you know that the sea butterfly's scientific name is Thecosomata? A very rough translation of that is "shell body." Indeed, this illustrious creature is related to snails! However, it reminds me much more of an elegant feathered friend, the way it flies through the water. With such grace in flying, one shouldn't wonder if it's related to the owl, hoo hoo!

When the Sea Butterfly is donated, six of them will appear in the northern room of the fish exhibit, in a tall tubular tank with a light blue crystal. It is one of the few fish which the museum will have multiple of upon its donation.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Sea Butterfly WW.png ''A type of snail, it eats plankton and shellfish. It navigates the water by flapping its "wings.""
  • Size- 1.2 inches (3 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Winter

City Folk[edit]

Sea butterfly (City Folk).png ''Some say these resemble angels, but they look like devils when they feed."
  • Size- 1.2 inches (3 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Winter

A real-life Clione limacina.

Further information[edit]

The sea butterfly that appears in the series is specifically the Clione limacina, also known as the naked sea butterfly, sea angel, and common clione. They can be found in the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean, Antarctic Ocean and in the North Atlantic; mirrored, in-game, by their appearance during the winter months. They can grow up to 5 centimeters in length.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese クリオネ

Korean 클리오네

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
海蝴蝶 / 海天使
hǎi húdié / hǎi tiānshí
Sea butterfly / Sea angel

Russian Морской ангел
Morskoy angel
Sea angel

Dutch Zeevlinder Sea butterfly

German See-Engel Sea angel

European Spanish Mariposa marina Sea butterfly

European French Clione Clione

Quebec French Papillon de mer Sea butterfly

Italian Cavolinia A different genus of sea butterfly