力レイ Karei
Dab encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Ocean 200 Bells (AFe+),
300 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
Size Shadow size
21 in. 54 cm Large (AFe+),
Small (WW, CF)
Medium (NL)
Time of year Time of day
October to April All day
Scientific name Limanda proboscidea
Family Pleuronectidae - Righteye flounders
Appearances AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Limande
Flag of Italy small Platessa
Flag of Germany small Kliesche
Flag of Spain Gallo
"I caught a dab! I'm not just dabbling anymore!" —New Leaf

The dab (力レイ, Karei?) is a fish in the flatfish group. It can be found in the ocean during the winter and spring months, and is the smaller, more common cousin of the olive flounder. In some games, the dab is mistaken for the olive flounder.

It first appeared alongside the olive flounder in Animal Forest e+, where the two fish were the same shadow size. As they were the same size as sea bass in Animal Forest e+, it can sometimes be difficult to find either of these flatfish.

Donating to the museum

As with all fish and bugs in Animal Crossing series, the dab can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. When donating, Blathers will tell the player a little bit about the donation. Below is what he has to say in each game.

In Animal Forest e+

In Wild World

In City Folk

"By the by... Just so you know, eyes on a dab are positioned on the right, but on the left on a flounder. When young, these fish are shaped like ordinary fish, but... As they mature, they start becoming flatter in preparation for adulthood! What professionalism! You can tell this is a very responsible fish, wot?"

The dab can be found in the tank at the back of the room, with other sea fish.

In New Leaf

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

"Dabs generally have both eyes on the right side of their body, though there are some exceptions. Both types of dabs begin in infancy with an eye on each side of their body. As dabs grow, the eye on the left migrates to the right, though sometimes it doesn't move at all. Dabs dig in the sand to hide, which allows their eyes to stick up a bit to watch for danger. Because they live off of bugs and small creatures, their mouths are small, containing narrow, dull teeth."

Capture quotes

"力レイを つり・・・ あれ? ほんとに?" —Animal Forest e+
"(translated)I caught a dab... What? Really?" —Animal Forest e+
"I caught a dab! Didja see it? You're a dab, right?" —Wild World
"I caught a dab! And I'm feeling fab!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Dab (Wild World) "About half the size of olive flounders, they like to bury themselves in the sand."
Size 19.5 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Fall and winter
Icon Dab (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Dab (City Folk)
"These have flat, asymmetrical bodies. The eyes are on the right side."
Size About 20 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Winter-Spring

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Dab encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a dab! I'm not just dabbling anymore!"
Size About 20 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Winter-Spring


Further information

The longheaded dab is a very small flatfish. It inhabits the northern Pacific from Canada to Asia including the Sea of Okhotsk. Like many flatfish it lives along sandy shoals where it has can easily camouflage itself.


A dab In real life.

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