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Saddled bichir Gallery
"I caught a saddled bichir! And me without my tiny riding crop..." —New Horizons

The saddled bichir is a fish introduced in New Leaf. It can be found at night from 9 pm to 4 am during summer in New Leaf and New Horizons.

Capture quotes[]

"Wow! A saddled bichir! Now I'm saddled with guilt!" —New Leaf
"I caught a saddled bichir! And me without my tiny riding crop..." —New Horizons

Game data[]

In older games
Game Name Price Location Shadow Time Months #
Saddled bichir 4,000 river large 9pm - 4am Jun - Sep 42

Encyclopedia information[]

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Saddled bichir
"Wow! A saddled bichir! Now I'm saddled with guilt!"
Size 27 inches
Habitat River
Season December to March

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Saddled Bichir
"I caught a saddled bichir! And me without my tiny riding crop..."
Habitat River
Months active (north) June to September
Months active (south) December to March

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"The cool-looking saddled bichir are ancient fish with spiky fins on their backs. Though they've been around for more than 400 million years, they remain relatively unchanged. They have big appetites and will wait to ambush any fish they think will fit in their mouths. They can grow up to 30 inches long, making them rather large fish indeed. They swim slowly in a way that gives them the appearance of walking like dinosaurs."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"What an elegant specimen you've found. The saddled bichir has a look entirely its own. They have poor eyesight, so they use their fine-tuned sniffers to seek out prey. Can you imagine relying solely on your sense of smell to find food? And if one nostril became clogged, would you be unable to tell how far away the scent was?"

Further information[]

Polypterus endlicherii
Main article: Polypterus endlicheri on Wikipedia

A timeless and archaic fish, the saddled bichir (Polypterus endlicheri), as well as its other relatives in the family Polypteridae, has very ancient origins. All species inhabit muddy and marshy waters of tropical Africa, the most obvious example being those living in the Nile River. These fish can breathe air from outside of water, and can cross over land effortlessly with the help of their fins. They are a nocturnal fish and feed on insects, crustaceans and other fish. They can live for up to 10 years. The Japanese-language version of New Leaf refers to the saddled bichir by the second half of its scientific name, "endlicheri".

In other languages[]

Saddled bichir
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese エンドリケリー Endorikerii -
France French Bichir -
Spain Spanish Bichir ensillado -
Germany German Flösselhecht -
Italy Italian Polipteride -
Russia Russian Многопер Эндлихера Mnogoper Endlihera -
China Chinese 恩氏多鳍鱼/恩氏多鰭魚 ēnshìduōqíyú -

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