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Clownfish Gallery

"I caught a clown fish! How many can fit in a carfish? " —New Horizons

The clownfish is a distinctive orange ocean-dwelling fish with white stripes that was introduced in Wild World. It is a tiny fish, sharing a shadow size with the marginally rarer seahorse.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the clown fish can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The clownfish usually finds solace within the fronds of an anemone, wot? These fish are fairly hearty and easy to breed, so they're quite common. If you're going to raise one as a pet, I recommend that you buy an anemone with it!"

It can be found in the back, ocean tank on the left-hand side of the aquarium in Wild World.

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Clownfish go hand in hand with sea anemones, wot? A single clowfish family will take up residence in each sea anemone. Occasionally the clownfish will share some of its food with its landlord... All in all, it's a wonderfully amiable little fish who really knows how to treat its neighbors!"

It can be found in the small tank on the right-hand side of the aquarium, sharing its tank with the sea butterfly and surgeonfish in City Folk.

In New Leaf[]

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

"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."

It can be found in the tube-tank in the northeast corner of the room in the river section of the aquarium.

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Few can deny the delightful qualities of the clown fish. These vibrant fish make their home among venomous anemones. It's a mutually beneficial arrangement. The clown fish finds safety in the anemone's wriggling arms, as well as leftover scraps of food. In return, the clown fish ward off parasites and predators for the anemone. Thus these colorful fish remind us of the importance of maintaining good cheer among our roommates."

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a clownfish! Who's laughing now?" —Wild World
"I caught a clownfish! Where's your red nose, hm?" —City Folk
"I caught a clownfish! Who's laughing now?" —New Leaf
"I caught a clown fish! How many can fit in a carfish? " —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Clownfish (Wild World) "Clownfish spend life protected by anemones. All clownfish start life as males."
Size 5.9 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring and summer
Icon Clownfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Clownfish (City Folk)
"These live within anemones. All are born male; some become female later on."
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Clown fish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a clownfish! Who's laughing now?"
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Clownfish NH
""I caught a clown fish! How many can fit in a carfish?""
Habitat Ocean
Months active (north) April to September
Months active (south) Unknown

Further information[]


Two clownfish with a purple sea anemone.

Main article: Red Sea clownfish on Wikipedia

Clownfish are native to Indian and Pacific waters and can be found in the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. It is usually alongside the surgeonfish and butterflyfish, sharing tropical and reef aquariums. Clownfish are famous for being immune to the stings of sea anemones, which they use for shelter and for food, safe in the knowledge that no other fish can reach them without being stung. They are common in popular culture: the title character in the 2003 Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo is a clownfish.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese クマノミ Kumanomi -
France French Poisson-clown -
Spain Spanish Pez payaso -
Germany German Anemonenfisch -
Italy Italian Pesce pagliaccio -
The Netherlands Dutch Clownvis -
Russia Russian Рыба-клоун Ryba-kloun -
China Chinese 小丑鱼/小丑魚 Xiǎochǒuyú -
South Korea Korean 흰동가리 Huindonggari -

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