Sea Butterfly

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Sea Butterfly
Sea Butterfly NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Clione limacina
(naked sea butterfly)

Family: Clionidae (sea butterflies)
Months available December to February
Times available All day
Location Sea
Size 2 in (5 cm)
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Common
Sell price 1,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese クリオネ
Simplified Chinese 海天使
French Clione
Spanish Mariposa marina
Italian Cavolinia
Russian Морской ангел

Korean 클리오네
Traditional Chinese 海天使
Quebec French Papillon de mer
Latin American Spanish Mariposa marina
German See-Engel
Dutch Zeevlinder


Not to be confused with Butterfly Fish.

The Sea Butterfly[nb 1] is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. During its availability from December to February, the Sea Butterfly is the only saltwater fish with a tiny shadow size.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

#36

Sea Butterfly
"I caught a sea butterfly! I didn't even use a net!"

Description A type of snail, it eats plankton and shellfish. It navigates the water by flapping its "wings."
Times December - February: All Day
Peak Times -
Location Sea
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 3 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#38

Sea Butterfly
"I caught a sea butterfly! I wonder if it used to be a sea caterpillar?"

Description Some say these resemble angels, but they look like devils when they feed.
Times December - February: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size About 1.2 inches (3 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#43

Sea Butterfly
"I caught a sea butterfly! I didn't even use a net!"

Times December - February: All Day
Peak Times 9 PM - 4 AM
Location Sea
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 3cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#80

Sea Butterfly

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
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]

#47

Sea Butterfly
"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
Rarity
Total Catch 0
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 sea 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 sea 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.

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

A real-life Clione limacina

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
kurione
Clione

Korean 클리오네
keullione
Clione

Simplified Chinese 海天使
hǎi tiānshí
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

Notes[edit]

  1. Japanese: クリオネ Hepburn: Kurione