Wharf Roach

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"I caught a wharf roach! Even the beaches must be messy!" —New Leaf
Wharf Roach
Wharf Roach NH.png
Scientific name
Ligia exotica
Months available All year
Times available All day
Location On beach
Size 40.3mm
Rarity Uncommon (On Island)
Rare (In Town)
Sell price 200 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese フナムシ
Simplified Chinese 海蟑螂
French Ligie
Spanish Cochinilla de arena
Italian Ligia exotica
Russian Морской таракан

Korean 갯강구
Traditional Chinese 海蟑螂
Quebec French Ligie
Latin American Spanish Cochinilla de arena
German Ligia exotica
Dutch Strandpissebed

The Wharf Roach (フナムシ, Funamushi) is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in 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.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Wharf Roach no longer scurries around on the beach's sand, but can instead be found congregating in swarms on the beach's rock platforms, occupying a single square each. Again, walking too close causes a swarm to scurry off, as do all other activities that scare away bugs. Once the player catches one Wharf Roach with their net, the rest of the swarm dissipates, similarly to wasps and ants.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


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
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank 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]

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]

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 Scientific name

European Spanish Cochinilla de arena Sand roach

European French Ligie From its genus Ligia of the Ligiidae family

Italian Ligia exotica Scientific name

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