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Artwork of suckerfish
Real-world info
Name: Echeneis naucrates
(slender sharksucker)

Family: Echeneidae (remoras)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Rémora rayé
 Rémora rayé

The suckerfish is an uncommon fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It acts as the sea bass equivalent to the shark family, which is even reflected in the player's catch quote. It sells for a paltry  1,500 Bells and is much more common in comparison to the actual sharks. It appears with a finned shadow in the sea all day long from summer to early fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a suckerfish! I thought it was a shark! Oh, wait——now I get it. "Sucker"..."

Time of year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Very large (finned)
Rarity Rare
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 1,500 Bells
 C.J. 2,250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

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:

"The suckerfish is a curious fish that likes to attach itself with its sucker mouth to larger marine animals. The benefit to the suckerfish is that it gets to eat smaller parasites and dead skin off the host's body. Amusingly, some people have used suckerfish on cords to catch large turtles with the fish's own suction! I imagine this practice is the cause of some awkward conversations between fish and turtle, eh wot?"


Real-world information[edit]

Some real life suckerfish

The Remora family possess distinctive first dorsal fins that take the form of a modified oval, sucker-like organ with slat-like structures that open and close to create suction and take a firm hold against the skin of larger marine animals. They spend their lives clinging to a host animal such as a whale, turtle, shark or ray. The remora and its host organism likely possess a mutualistic relationship as the remora can move around on the host, removing ectoparasites and loose flakes of skin, while benefiting from the protection provided by the host and the constant flow of water across its gills. Although it was initially believed that remoras fed off particulate matter from the host's meals, this has been shown to be false; in reality, their diets are composed primarily of host feces.
More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese コバンザメ
Sharksucker (lit. "small-seal shark")

Korean 빨판상어

Simplified Chinese 吸盘鱼
Xīpán yú
Sharksucker (lit. "pressure fish")

Traditional Chinese 吸盤魚

Russian Прилипала

Dutch Zuigvis Remora

German Schiffshalter Remora

European Spanish Rémora Remora

European French Rémora rayé Striped remora

Italian Remora Remora