Spiny lobster

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Artwork of spiny lobster
Real-world info
Name: Panulirus interruptus
Family: Palinuridae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Langosta espinosa
 Aragosta mediterranea
 Колючий лангуст
 Langosta espinosa

The spiny lobster is a type of sea creature in the Animal Crossing series, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the spiny lobster was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update, where it appears from 9 PM to 4 AM as a large, fast shadow from mid fall to early winter. It, the firefly squid, and the horseshoe crab are the only three sea creatures in the game to appear during the 9 PM to 4 AM timeframe.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Spiny lobster
"I got a spiny lobster! Who would give lobsters SPINES?"

Time of year Sep 16 - Dec
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Erratic
Sea creature size 30 cm
Rarity Rare
Selling price  3,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Spiny lobster
"I got a spiny lobster! It's got a lot of backbone!"

Time of year North: Oct – Dec
South: Apr – Jun
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Fast
Spawn requirement Catch 40 total sea creatures
Selling price  5,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After donating the spiny lobster to the museum, the player can see it in the huge tank in the first room. The aquarium gives this description.

"The representative species for all large lobsters, they've become a lasting symbol of longevity. They live between rocks in shallow waters with octopuses as their natural enemies. Only octopuses are capable of reaching in between the rocks with their long arms to catch them."

In New Horizons[edit]

"It is the spiny lobster's lengthy antennae that help set it apart from other lobsters. Those two antennae can grow twice as long as the lobster's own body! And what a clever crustacean it is, having found a way to use those antennae as a means of defense. When the spiny lobster senses danger, it rubs its antennae across its exoskeleton. The horrid screeching sound frightens predators away! If someone scratched nails across a chalkboard in your direction, I daresay you'd run too!"

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a spiny lobster, Chip will not score the sea creature but will say the following:

"Spiny lobsters are usually best boiled or grilled. Oh yes! Either way you're set! Delicious! That said, swallowing them whole works perfectly fine too! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese イセエビ
Japanese spiny lobster (lit. "Lobster of Ise")

European Spanish Langosta espinosa Spiny lobster