"I caught a surgeonfish! It was a simple operation, though!" —New Leaf

The surgeonfish (ナンヨウハギ, Nan'yōhagi?) is an uncommon fish found in the ocean all day between the months of April and September in City Folk and New Leaf. It can be sold for 1,000 Bells. It has a small shadow size, the same size as a horse mackerel.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the surgeonfish can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"For future reference, I recommend you remember surgeonfish and coral as a set, wot wot? These bright fish have blue bodies and yellow tail fins, and they make their home in the southern seas. ...And what delightful, easygoing expressions they wear! I feel relaxed just looking at them!"

It can be found in the bottom-right cylinder tank in the aquarium, with the Clownfish, Seahorse and Sea Butterfly, which are other types of tropical fish.

In New Leaf

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

"These tropical fish sport beautiful, yellow, triangular tails and elegant black lines on dazzling blue bodies. Personalitywise, the surgeonfish is actually rather laid back and timid. They seek out gaps in coral or between rocks for the greatest amount of protection while sleeping. "

Capture quotes

"I caught a surgeonfish! It's cobalt blue and beautiful!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Surgeonfish (City Folk)
"Usually found around reefs, these will hide if startled."
Size About 12.4 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a surgeonfish! It was a simple operation, though!"
Size About 12.4 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall


Further information


A real life Surgeonfish.

The surgeonfish, surgeon for short, also known as the Regal fish, but far better known as the Blue Tang, is a tropical fish that lives in areas such as Japan, East Africa, Samoa, New Caledonia, and even the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. They change color when spawning, from a deep blue to a pale blue. The eggs hatch within 24 hours of fertilization, revealing small larvae with silvery abdomen. They are inedible to humans, with a foul smelling flesh and taste, and are poisonous.

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