Wharf Roach

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"I caught a wharf roach! Even the beaches must be messy!" —New Leaf
"I caught a wharf roach! This water-loving roach has no pier!" —New Horizons
Wharf Roach
Wharf roach.png
Scientific name Ligia exotica
Family Ligiidae
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location On beach
Size 40.3mm
Rarity Uncommon (On Island)
Rare (In Town)
Selling price 200 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Wharf Roach (フナムシ, Funamushi) is a new insect in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They can be found on the beach where it quickly scurries away when the player comes close and vanishes if chased too far.

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Wharf Roach can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small generic speech on it.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Wharf Roach can be found scurrying near the pond.

"Wharf roaches can be seen along the sea, usually just above the waterline on rocky cliffs. They feed mainly on microalgae and detritus that drift to the seashore, making them cleaners of sorts. They often move in groups and run away quickly when they hear people approaching."

In New Horizons[edit]

When the player donates a Wharf Roach, Blathers will say this about it before thanking the player for his/her donation:

"The wharf roach is an omnivore, which is merely a polite way of saying it will eat almost anything. This skittering scavenger and its uncouth appetite help keep beaches clean, it's said. But I dare say, their long antenna and bulging eyes turn MY stomach. Unappetizing indeed..."

Further Information[edit]

Real-life wharf roach

The wharf roach is an isopod that lives along coasts and shorelines. It is generally dark gray with brown appendages. They can grow up to 4 centimeters with the males being bigger than the females. It lives in crevices located in rocky coasts just above the splashing water. Its diet is mainly plant matter including diatoms and scavenging plant remains such as detritus.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フナムシ
funamushi
Wharf roach
Spanish Cochinilla de arena Sand roach
French Ligie From its genus Ligia of the Ligiidae family
Dutch Strandpissebed
German Ligia exotica Scientific name
Italian Ligia exotica Scientific name
Korean 갯강구
gaetganggo
Sand roach
Chinese 海蟑螂
hǎizhāngláng
Sea roach
Russian Морской таракан
Morskoy tarakan
Sea roach



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