"I caught a mitten crab! One more and I'm ready for winter!" —New Horizons

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

Capture quotes

"I caught a mitten crab! I'm smitten, crab!" —New Leaf
"I caught a mitten crab! One more and I'm ready for winter!" —New Horizons

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.

In New Horizons

"The mitten crab was named for its impossibly adorable and fuzzy pincers. These cute crustaceans embark quite the journey. They're first born in brackish waters. Then they mature in freshwater. Finally, they travel to the ocean to create more mitten crabs! Hoo! How I delight in the thought of thousands of tiny mittened crabs scuttling about! "

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

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
Mitten crab-0
"I caught a mitten crab! One more and I'm ready for winter!"
Habitat River
Months active (north) September to November
Months active (south) March to May


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.

In other languages

Mitten crab
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese シャンハイガニ Shanhaigani
Flag of France small French Crabe chinois
Flag of Spain Spanish Cangrejo de Shanghái
Flag of Germany small German Wollhandkrabbe
Flag of Italy small Italian Granchio guantato
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Wolhandkrab
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 中华绒螯蟹 Zhōnghuáróngáoxiè
Flag of South Korea Korean 참게 Chamge

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