Mitten crab
シャンハイガニ Shanhaigani
Mitten crab
Location Price
River 2,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
3.35 in. 9 cm Small
Time of year Time of day
September 16th to November 4pm-9am
Scientific name Eriocheir sinensis
Family Varunidae
Appearances NL
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Crabe chinois
Flag of Italy small Granchio guantato
Flagofchinasmall 中華絨螯蟹
Flag of Germany small Wollhandkrabbe
"I caught a mitten crab! I'm smitten, crab!" —New Leaf

The mitten crab (シャンハイガニ, Shanhaigani?) is a new fish introduced in New Leaf.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

After donating a mitten crab, the sign in the museum reads:

Officially known as the mitten crab, they also go by the name "shanghai crab." They are commonly used in Chinese dishes, which is how most people become familiar with them. Their breeding habits are the complete opposite of salmon in that they hatch in the ocean first. They then move up rivers when they reach adult size, returning to the ocean in order to spawn.

Encyclopedia information

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Mitten crab
"I caught a mitten crab! I'm smitten, crab!"
Size 3.35 inches
Habitat River
Season Fall


Further information


A Chinese mitten crab in real life

The mitten crab is a medium-sized burrowing crab, named for its furry claws that look like mittens, that is native in the coastal estuaries of eastern Asia from Korea in the north to the Fujian province of China in the south. Mitten crabs usually live in fresh water, but they return to the sea to breed. Females spend the winter in the deep ocean, before returning to more brackish water in spring to hatch their eggs. Juvenile crabs then move upstream into the fresh water of rivers.

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