I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf since May 30th or thereabouts, and I’ve uncovered a lot of the collectables in the game so far. As I do, I will write down the descriptions given from the Museum so you can educate yourself on animal life via videogames! I will also update this page with more information as I play through the game throughout the next year. Enjoy!
Butterfly Fish (As mayor, welcome to my pockets!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
Butterfly Fish are considered very cute pets, popular because of their beautiful nature. They glide through the warm seas by flapping their yellow bodies as if they were butterflies. Their diets are surprisingly hardy, as they gobble coral and poisonous anemones using narrow mouths. Butterfly Fish couples have been known to live together for 10 years or more. Often they can be seen swimming around in pairs. You’ll likely never find a better underwater romance.
Season: Spring-Fall, Location: Sea
Squid (Yes, I did!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
People assume squids have legs, but those are actually arms. There are 10 in all; two are used to grab prey. To swim, they twist their fins and expel water from inside their bodies to allow for fluid motion. The ink they shoot when threatened forms into the shape of a squid, acting as a sort of body double.
Bluegill (There’s a lot in this ville!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
Bluegills have spikes on their dorsal fins to help protect them from enemies and harm. Their offspring actually have a fairly high survival rate when compared to other fish. The males chase away the females and take over protecting the eggs and babies in the nest. Although Bluegills are small, they are actually related quite closely to Black Bass.
Black Bass (I’ve got some class!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
They get their names from their somewhat blackish bodies, though they have a green tint. They usually hide in weeds and wait until other fish approach before forcefully striking. Many people use lures to catch Black Bass because they are such strong fish. Black Bass have a fierce image, as the males will scare off other fish to protect the fry in the nest. They are related to Sea Bass, so they make for a tasty dinner, though their skin has a very strong odor.
Piranha – I Caught It: 6/1/13
– They have terrifyingly sharp teeth, which contributes to their ferocious reputation. Oddly enough, they are actually quite timid, though they are still very dangerous fish. If they can’t find food, they will resort to cannibalism or tear apart any animal they can grab hold of. Take care when catching them so they don’t end up biting your hand with their sharp teeth!
Dace (Wrong place, Mr. Dace!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
Dace can live in cloudier, murkier water than most but are easy to see as their numbers are so plentiful. They are related to carp, and some species of dace live in the ocean as well as rivers and streams. During mating season, the bellies of the males develop an orange stripe to indicate their intent to mate.
Barbel Steed (it just needs a barbel saddle!) – I Caught It: 6/2/13
Barbel Steeds have a longer distance between their eyes and mouths than carp do. This makes them look almost like they’re averting their eyes downward in embarrassment. Their whiskers aren’t as long as carp whiskers, so the resemblance is still only minor. They are full of bones, but they’re edible nonetheless and actually taste similar to flounder.
Carp (I really seized the diem!) – I Caught It: 6/2/13
These tough fish have very long life spans, capping out at ages surpassing 100 years. Their whiskers are one of their trademark features, making them relatively easy to identify. They’re omnivorous and eat waterweed and bugs by sucking their food into their mouths. They also have teeth in the back of their throats that help break down shellfish for digestion.
Crawfish (Watch those pinchers!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
These shrimp relatives are usually found in ponds and rivers, typically making them easy to catch. The reason for this strange habitat is that crawfish are plentiful and will eat just about anything. Eating plant material makes their bodies red, but only eating fish and meat will turn their bodies blue. A red color indicates they are eating a healthy and balanced diet, so red is the ideal for the species.
Record Size: 4.95in
Tadpole (I’m sure it will grow on me.) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
Tadpoles are nothing more than baby frogs and generally inhabit ponds and steams. Their round heads and quirky style of movement give them a different kind of cuteness from adult frogs. They become more frog-like when they eventually grow legs and start to lose their tails. Unlike fish, though, their skin is very delicate because they do not hae scales, so handle carefully.
Frog (Hop to it, froggie!) – I Caught It: 6/2/13
These former Tadpoles prefer to live near ponds and other damp and swampy places. They dwell on land, so they have lungs and skin as opposed to a set of gills. They like to stick close to water because they require a nice, moist lifestyle. Frogs are moist because they emit a liquid to protect their skin from dryness. If too much moisture evaporates from their thin skins, they could have trouble breathing. It’s better not to handle frogs, as some species are poisonous, even to the touch!
Freshwater Goby – I Caught It: 6/1/13
– These short and stocky river-dwelling fish have a lot of slender teeth for treating apart other fish. Freshwater Gobies dig holes under rocks in riverbeds to make nests for eggs, which the males guard. Other fish breeds take advantage of this protective quality and often lay eggs in Goby nests.
Eel – I Caught It: 6/1/13
Eels are born in the ocean but swim upstream through rivers when they become adults. They do, however, eventually swim back to the ocean when it is time to lay eggs. Their blood can be toxic, which is why you’ve never heard of eel sashimi. It’s just too dangerous. Cooked eel, however, is edible and has no poisonous effects to speak of, making it a popular dish. For a long time, the egg-laying locations and habits of eels were largely a mystery. However, they are gradually being revealed through research, making eels a very hot topic of study.
Cheery Salmon (Now for a cherry-salmon pie!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
The spotted pattern on Cherry Salmon serves as camouflage and is rather common in all Salmon. Most Cherry Salmon spend their lives in rivers, but some do migrate to the ocean to fully mature. They are popular with anglers because of their well-balanced physique and beautiful patterns. Plus, their nervous nature makes them a good challenge to catch, which just adds to the fun.
Goldfish – I Caught It: 6/2/13
These are aquarium fish that came about by selectively breeding types of Crucian Carp. It took hundreds of years to get the long tail fin and beautiful color of the current breed. Even Red Golfish are black when they are young and still retain some other vestiges of the Crucian Carp. They turn red as they grow, thus gaining their much more commonly known look.
Pop-Eyed Goldfish (It should have eaten its spinach!) – I Caught It: 6/3/13
They’re known for their protruding eyes, as the name indicates, but this feature is actually a detriment. Their vision is quite poor, to the point that they will swim past food and frequently bump into things. They are a type of Goldfish and get their distinguishing eye pop about two months after birth.
Season: Year Round, Location: River, Record Size: 6.20 in.
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Killifish (Maybe I’ll put it in a chili dish! 6/2/13)
– Killifish are small, travel in schools, and are known for having eyes higher up on their faces than others. They swim in shallow areas in reivers and mostly eat bugs that float on the surface of the water. This is why they have mouths as high up their faces as their eyes, making them effective hunters. Being the same temperature as the water they inhabit, getting grabbed by warm hands can shock them.
* Angelfish (Now where’s its harp? 6/3/13)
– These tropical fish move very gracefully because of long fins on their backs and underbillies. Males and females are almost impossible to tell apart, making identification tricky. They lay eggs among water plants. Both genders look after the babies while they cling to the weeds. The young look like any other fish, but they gain their angelfish looks once they leave the weeds.
* Arowana (But where’s its bow? 6/3/13)
– Arowanas are ancient fish that have remained basically unchanged for 100 million years. They are known for their large scales and the hair that sticks out from their lower lips. They have a remakrable jumping ability and can leap over a yard above the surface of the water. Males protect babies by keeping them in their mouths and releasing them once they reach a certain size.
* Crucian Carp (What a crucial catch! 6/3/13)
– Crucian Carp are fairly easy fish for beginners to catch, but they’re also popular with veteran anglers. They are related to Koi and can live up to 15 years, making them a great fish to keep in a pond. Male offspring are seldom born, so females significantly outnumber males, making populations suffer. Luckily, females can reporudice with males of some other species, so the problem is relatively temporary.
* Char (How bizarre! 6/3/13)
– Char are related to Salmon and live in rivers upstream, not generally migrating to the ocean. They prefer colder water and dwell in secluded, clear rivers deep in mountain ranges. Since they tend to hide mostly in between rocks in these cold areas, they can be rather difficult to spot.
* Horse Mackerel (6/3/13)
– With their appealing flavor, Horse Mackerel have long been a cheap and common food source. However, in certain regions, they have actually been branded as something of a luxury dish. They have tough scales on both sides of their bodies that must be removed before preparing. Though small, they are formidable carnivores. Since they go after bait, they are popular with fishers.
* Zebra Turkeyfish (What are you? Make up your mind! 6/3/13)
– Zebra Turkeyfish have long, beautiful fins that flow like gowns as they swim through the sea. However, these aquatic beauties pack a punch, as their fins are filled with poisonous spikes. Aside from protection against predators, this poison comes in handy for turf wars between males. The losing male succumbs to the poison in a matter of days, making these battles life and death.
– Season: Spring-Fall, Location: Sea
* Olive Flounder (Dab… Huh? Just kidding! It’s an olive flounder! Make up your mind, fishy! 6/3/13)
– Olive Flounders are rather fleixable whitefish taht have both eyes on the left side of thier body. They can reach three feet in length and are commonly mistaken for dabs, a close relative. When young, they have an eye on each side, but as they age, their right eye migrates to their left side. These carnivorous fish can change color to camouflage themselves on the seabed as they wait for prey.
– Season: Year Round, Location: Sea
* Red Snapper (I just snapped it up! 6/3/13)
– Red Snappers are gregarious fish that often form schools close to reefs and shipwrecks. They are a prized food fish, but because of demand, other species are often served as “Red Snapper”. They usually live up to 50 years. The oldest recorded Red Snapper was thought to be 57.
– Season: Year Round, Location: Sea
* Saw Shark (And yet it didn’t see me coming! 6/3/13)
– Saw Sharks got their name from their long head lined with spikelike teeth much like a chain-saw blade. Sensors located below their mouths detect prey as they press their flat bodies against the seabed to search. They will sometimes swing their “saws” wildly amid a school of fish, catchign any that are struck.
– Season: Summer, Location: Sea
* Barred Knifejaw (I’ll have to use it to cut veggies! 6/3/13)
– Barred Knifejaws stand out thanks to the seven stripes addorning their white bodies. Their natural curiousity and strong pull make them a popular target of anglers, but they’re no easy catch. They have strong teeth that allow them to make short work of sea creatures with tough shells. This means that both urchins and molluks need to be careful, lest they become meals for these fish.
– Season: Spring-Fall, Location: Sea
* Sea Horse (I meant to, of course! 6/3/13)
– Sea Horses don’t look like fish, but they still share a lot of the distinct connections. They use their small dorsal fins and tail fins to swim, but in actuality they’re pretty bad swimmers. They wrap their tail fins around seaweed or coral so they won’t float away with the current. Once attached, they feed on plankton and small shrimp that float by. The female deposits eggs in the male’s pouch, putting the burden of child care on the male.
– Season: Spring-Fall, Location: Sea
* Sea Bass (See? A bass! (1), What?! You again?! (2) 6/3/13)
– Sea Bass are famous for their delicious white meat as well as their large size. If they ingest something inedible, they open up their mouths and gills and violently shake their heads. This generally manages to expel the foreign material, though it has the added effect of looking rather odd. Much like their freshwater cousins, Sea Bass have a strong pull, making them a great challenge for anglers.
– Season: Year Round, Location: Sea
* Ocean Sunfish (My day is brighter already! 6/3/13)
– Ocean Sunfish are a relative of blowfish that can reach up to two tons in weight. Lacking a tail fin, they cannot swim particularly quickly, which is an odd bit of anatomical detriment. The number of eggs they can lay is the most in the world at over 300 million. However, out of that 300 million, only one or two fish will ultimately survive. Ocean Sunfish sometimes like to bob up and down on the surface of the ocean. This gives them the appearance they’re sunbathing, which helps to make them a popular breed of fish.
* Pale Chub (It could use some sun! 6/3/13)
– These fish are related to Carp, with distinguishing features such as long ventral fins and protruding mouths. They have good jumping abilities, which allow them to jump up and grab bugs hanging around the water. They are known as very active fish with rather scrappy attitudes, making them tenacious survivors. During mating season, the male’s stomach turns pink and its back turns blue. Females love this.
* Neon Tetra (Wow, that’s far out, man! 6/3/13)
– Neon Tetras get their name from the beautiful blue metallic line on their bodies. Although they’re shy, gentle fish, surprisingly they’re related to piranha, though very distantly. They have very sharp and narrow teeth, an odd contrast to their beauty. They are delicate fish who tend to be very sensitive to the cleanliness and temperature of water.
– Season: Spring-Fall, Location: River, Record Size: 0.85in.
* Clown Fish (Who’s laughing now? 6/3/13)
– Clown Fish spend their lives hiding among the feelers of sea anemones, a place that only they can live. Their homes may be dangerous, but they produce a special coating that protects them from the poison. In exchange for the anemone’s protection, the Clown Fish chases off any parasitic bugs and enemies. Curiously, all Clown Fish are males when they’re young but change into females if necessity demands.
– Season: Spring-Fall, Location: Sea, Record Size: 7.35in.
* Old Tire (It was just treading water…)
* Empty Can – I caught an empty can! Aw, maaaan…
* Darner Dragonfly (I got darn lucky! 6/3/13)
– The heads and thoraxes of Darner Dragonflies are colored a lovely yellow green. The males have a light-blue spot on their bellies, which is not a trait the females share. Darner Dragonflies can usually be seen flying around bodies of water such as lakes or ponds.
* Pondskater (What a sweet catch!  Why aren’t they called Pondskiers? 6/3/13)
– Pondskaters distinguish themselves by having the ability to run on the surface of water. They have a mouth part that lets them suck up bugs that fall on the water’s surface. Their wings allow them to freely move to different parts of the water’s surface if the need arises. Some say they smell like candy, which is a rather curious association to make in the insect world.
* Honeybee (What a sweet catch! 6/3/13)
– Honeybees gather necter from flowers and make honey, making them integral in many ecosystems. The worker bees are females and the only ones capable of stinging, though that is rare. The hive does contain males, but after mating season, they are all sent away. Honey has been consumed since ancient times. Cave paintings 8,000 years old show people eating honey.
* Long Locust (I got the short end of the stick! 6/3/13)
– When male Long Locusts jump, you can hear the trademark stridulation noise they make. Long Locusts can be green as well as brown. The brown ones usually hide near dried grass or brown areas. While males are long, females are consistently much longer, making it simple to tell them apart.
* Common Butterfly (How could I resist? 6/3/13)
– Seen flapping in the sun, Common Butterflies can be identified by black spots on their white wings. To the human eye, both males and females look white, but there are actually subtle differences. On closer inspection, the males’ wings look black while the females’ wings look white. The caterpillars have been known to cause damage to farmers’ crops.
* Yellow Butterfly (Now to catch a toastfly! 6/3/13)
– The Yellow Butterfly is similar to the Common Butterfly, with the two easily mistaken for one another. Males are more often a yellowish color, and females are more often white. The larvae feed on plants of the Fabaceae family, such as milk vetch or white clover.
* Tiger Butterfly (Looks like I pounced first! 6/3/13)
– The larvae of Tiger Butterflies feed on leaves of orange trees until they metamorphose. When they’re threatened, they emit a foul smell frfom their antennae to protect themselves.
The dusting you see on your fingers whenever you touch their wings is actually from their scales. These scales form the wing pattern as well as repel rainwater, making them very important for survival.
* Emperor Butterfly (Feeling blue, Your Majesty? 6/3/13)
– Emperor Butterflies are easily recognized because of their lovely iridescent blue wings. Pigmentation isn’t actually waht causes the color, but rather the reflections on their wing scales. Since their wings shimmer when moving, noticing them is much easier when they are midflight.
* Agrias Butterfly (I guess this one agreed with me! 6/3/13)
– Agrias butterflies are argued to have the most beautiful wings of all butterfly species. Theyr’e capbable of flying quite fast, making them more difficult to catch than a number of their peers. Their wings sport three colors – red, blue, and black – but many have different patterns and shapes.
* Flea (6/3/13)
– Fleas are tiny insects that feed on blood from humans and animals, which then results in an itchy rash. They use their piercing mouths to suck blood while injecting asliva in to their host at the same time. Unlike mosquitores, both males and female suck blood. The females are larger than the males.
* Spider ((My net is kinda like a web, right? 6/3/13)
– Spiders emit silk from their spinnerets and use ti to create elaborate webs to snag prey. The horizontal threads are sticky to the touch, allowing them to be used as very strong restraints. However, the vertical threads are smooth, allowing spiders to walk on them without getting stuck.
* Lantern Fly (Hmm. Must have run out of gas. 6/3/13)
– Lantern Flies stay on trees to drink tree sap, which is where you’ll most commonly find them. Their heads are shaped like alligators, though this is just an odd coincidence. Their wings have patterns that look like eyes so when they’re open they can scare off predators. They don’t really cry that much, but they are still related to cicadas to some extent.
– Season: Summer Time: Night-Morning
* Lady Bug (Or is this one a man? 6/3/13)
– Despite the name, not all Ladybugs are “ladies”. There are also male Ladybugs. Though you’ll see different Ladybugs with different numbers of spots, they don’t get more as they age. Ladybugs eat insects harmful to crops. A few species eat the leaves of crops, but most are beneficial. They’re tough against the cold, but during winter they stay in groups under dry leaves for warmth.
– Season: Spring, Time: Morning-Evening
* Mantis (Time to pay your respects! 6/3/13)
– Mantises are known for the praying pose they sit in while ambushing unsuspecting prey. They’ll snatch whatever is moving nearby and can even catpure creature larger than themselves. When threatened, Mantises will spread their green wings to appear more intimidating.
– Season: Spring-Fall, Time: Morning-Evening, Record Size: 83.9mm
* Bee (Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! … Phew! … But why am I still holding it?!)
– Bees are prone to attacking anyone who comes too close to their hive, so be careful when approaching! The yellow and black you see on their bodies are colors often used to convey danger. This danger is pretty significant, as many varities of bees are capable of stinging multiple times.
– Season: Year Round, Time: Always, Record Size: 29.8mm)
* Rainbow Stag (Aren’t you a colorful bug! 6/3/13)
– Rainbow Stags are called the most beautiful of Stab Beetles because of their metallic-rainbow color. Not only are their wings a pretty rainbow color, but their bellies are as well. They are quite laid back, but they can be seen every now and then fighting to protect their territories.
– Season: Summer, Time: Night-Morning, Record Size: 61.1mm
* Firefly (Now I’m glowing with pride! 6/3/13)
– Both male and female Fireflies are capable of producing light from their lower abdomens. This light isn’t the same as the light from a lightbulb, though, and isn’t hot when you touch it. Fireflies can actually glow when in the egg and larval stages, but that light is comparatively weaker.
– Season: Summer, Time: Night, Record Size: 14.0mm
* Tarantula (WHAAAA! DESTROY IT! 6/3/13)
– Tarantulas are large arachnids that live in warm areas. Theyu’re sometimes kept as pets. They have sharp fangs, and while it is paintful if you’re bitten by one, they aren’t deadly to humans. What’s scarier is the hair they kick off of their abdomens to protect themselves. The hair can cause serious itching and rashes wherever it sticks and can be rather difficult to remove.
– Season: Summer, Time: Night, Record Size: 93.7mm