Wharf roach

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Artwork of wharf roach
Real-world info
Name: Ligia exotica
Family: Ligiidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Cochinilla de arena
 Ligia exotica
 Морской таракан
 Cochinilla de arena
 Ligia exotica

The wharf roach is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It can be found on or around the beach all day, all year.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Wharf roach
"I caught a wharf roach! Even the beaches must be messy!"

Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location On beach (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 42 mm
Rarity Very common
Selling price  200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a swarm of wharf roaches appears on a single tile of a beach rock. Walking too close to the swarm causes it to disband and disappear, and when one is caught the others in the swarm scurry away, similar to wasps or ants.


Wharf roach
"I caught a wharf roach! This water-loving roach has no pier!"

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day All day
Location On beach rocks
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 200 Bells
 Flick 300 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

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 their 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..."


Real-world information[edit]

A 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.

More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese フナムシ
Wharf roach

Korean 갯강구
Sand roach

Simplified Chinese 海蟑螂
Sea roach

Russian Морской таракан
Morskoy tarakan
Sea roach

Dutch Strandpissebed

German Ligia exotica (New Horizons)
Strandassel (New Leaf)
Scientific name (New Horizons)

European Spanish Cochinilla de arena Sand roach

European French Ligie From its genus Ligia of the Ligiidae family

Italian Ligia exotica Scientific name