Butterfly fish
チョウチョウウオ Chouchou-uo
#43 #47
Location Price
Ocean (CF, NL),
Island (NL)
1,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
8.4 in. 20 cm Small
Time of year Time of day
April to September All day
Scientific name Chaetodon auripes
Family Chaetodontidae - Butterflyfish
Appearances CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Poisson-papillon
Flag of Germany small Falterfisch
Flag of Spain Pez mariposa
Flag of Italy small Pesce farfalla
"I caught a butterfly fish! Keep flying, fishy!" —New Leaf

The butterfly fish (チョウチョウウオ, chouchou-uo?) is a small yellow reef fish that appears in the ocean from April to September. This fish will sell for 1,000 Bells. It should not be confused with the winter sea butterfly. The butterfly fish was introduced to the Animal Crossing series in City Folk.

Donation to the museum

In City Folk

Upon donating the butterflyfish to the Museum, Blathers will say;

"This is a butterflyfish, but the truth is that there are over 100 varieties of this creature... They live in the oceans of the far south, and each variety has its own distinctive coloration. These fish are most often seen socializing in groups among stalks of coral. Rather chatty, wot?"

It can be found in the back tank with the other ocean fish.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"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."

Capture quotes

"I caught a butterfly fish! I didn't even have to use a net!" —City Folk
"I caught a butterfly fish! As mayor, welcome to my pockets!" —New Leaf (Mayor player only)

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
"These are said to use their bright colors to communicate with their peers."
Size About 7.2 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a butterfly fish! Keep flying, fishy!"
Size About 7.2 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall


Further information

Chaetodon butterflyfish
The oriental butterflyfish is an Asian reef fish, and one of many different butterflyfish that are known to exist. Coral-eating butterflyfish are typically territorial in nature, and mated pairs will guard specific areas of coral viciously. In aquariums, butterflyfish are often prized for their coloration, however due to their diet most species are troublesome to maintain, and the species most often seen in domestic care are zooplankton feeders. (further information)

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