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The barreleye (Macropinna microstoma), is a new fish introduced in New Horizons.

Capture quotes

"I caught a barreleye! Like eyeing fish in a barrel!" -New Horizons

Japanese Quotes

「デメニギスを 釣り上げた!頭の中が 丸見えだー!」 —New Horizons

"I caught a barreleye! You can completely see inside its head!" (translation)

Donation to the museum

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers will say:

"The barreleye is a deep-sea fish with protuberant eyes and a clear head, so some of its organs are... visible. At first blush, a transparent head seems absurd, but there is a reason: so it can see things directly above! But I must confess--the more I learn about deep-sea fish, the happier I am to live on dry land, wot."

Encyclopedia information

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a barreleye! Like eyeing fish in a barrel!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year


Further information

Main article: Macropinna microstoma on Wikipedia

A real-life barreleye.

The barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) is a deep-sea fish found in tropical-to-temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. It has been known to science since 1939, but was never photographed until 2004. It is characterized by its seemingly-transparent head (caused by cartilage), with its green namesake eyes embedded within. These eyes are normally situated upwards, allowing the fish to spot potential predators and prey, but they can also be turned forwards.

In other languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese デメニギス Demenigisu
Flag of France small French Macropinna
Flag of Spain Spanish Pez cabeza transparente
Flag of Germany small German Glaskopffisch
Flag of Italy small Italian Macropinna
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Hemelkijker
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Опистопрокт Opistoprokt
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 太平洋桶眼鱼 Tàipíngyángtǒngyǎnyú
Flag of South Korea Korean 데메니기스 Demenigiseu

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