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Ribbon eel Gallery

"I caught a ribbon eel! Can it tie itself into a bow?" —New Horizons

The ribbon eel is a fish introduced in New Leaf. It can only be found in the sea around the island. In New Horizons they can only be caught from June to October.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium lists information about this fish. When interacted with, it reads:

"Ribbon eels have long, ribbonlike bodies and look as if they have flowers sprouting from their noses. They get their name from their bright, vivid color, in addition to the length of their bodies. Ribbon eels hatch sexless before first becoming males, then females as they age. Their tendency to stick their heads out from holes in the sand and open their mouths is not a sign of anger. In actuality, they're merely taking a breath. Oddly, they're surprisingly peaceful creatures, despite the look."

In New Horizons[]

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"The ribbon eel is related to the moray eel, though its bright coloration distinguishes it. It also has a an unusual plant=like appendage at the tip of its nose that flutters as the creature moves. I like to think of it as having an extremely friendly nose that waves a greeting to those nearby!"

Encyclopedia Information[]

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a ribbon eel! Good for tying on presents!"
Size 52 inches
Habitat Island
Season Summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Ribbon the eel
"I caught a ribbon eel! Can it tie itself into a bow?"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) June through October
Months active (south) December through April


  • The player always catches male individuals, since they are blue-and-yellow.

Further Information[]


A real-life ribbon eel

Main article: Ribbon eel on Wikipedia

The ribbon eel is a species of moray eel. It lives in lagoons and reefs across the Indo-Pacific. It is unique among morays in that it is protandrically hermaphroditic: black juveniles first develop into blue-and-yellow males, then entirely-yellow females. Despite being caught for the aquarium industry, it is listed as "Least Concern" by the IUCN.

In other languages[]

Ribbon eel
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ハナヒゲウツボ Hanahigeutsubo -
France French Murène ruban bleue -
Spain Spanish Anguila de listón azul -
Germany German Nasenmuräne -
Italy Italian Murena a nastro -
The Netherlands Dutch Lintmurene -
Russia Russian Носатая мурена Nosataya murena -
China Chinese 五彩鳗/五彩鰻 Wǔcǎimán -
South Korea Korean 리본장어 Ribonjangeo -

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