"I caught a ribbon eel! Good for tying on presents!" —New Leaf
Ribbon eel
ハナヒゲウツボ Hanabigeutsubo
Location Price
Island 600 Bells
Size Shadow size
52.35 in. (132 cm) Thin
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Rhinomuraena quaesita
Family Muraenidae
Appearances NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of Italy small Murena a nastro
Flag of France small Murène ruban bleue
Flag of Spain Anguila listón azul
Flag of Germany small Nasenmuräne

The ribbon eel is a fish introduced in New Leaf. It can only be found in the sea around the island.

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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."

Encyclopedia Information

New Leaf

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


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

Further Information

Ribbon eel

A real-life ribbon eel.

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.

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