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"I caught an angelfish! It looks divine!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught an angelfish! How heavenly!" —Wild World
"I caught an angelfish! Where's its halo?" —City Folk
"I caught an angelfish! Now where's its harp?" —New Leaf
Angelfish
Angelfish
Scientific name Pterophyllum altum
Family Cichlidae - Cichlids
Time of year May to October
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am (AF, CF)
4 am to 9 pm (WW)
Location Unknown
Size 4.8 Inches
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Small (GCN, NL)
Tiny (WW), (CF))
Rarity Rare (****)
Sale price 3,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest
Dōbutsu no Mori +
Dōbutsu no Mori e+
Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Spain Pez Ángel

Flag of Germany small Skalar
Flag of Italy small Pesce angelo

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing 29
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 29
Animal Crossing: Wild World 30
Animal Crossing: City Folk 31
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 35

The angelfish, Pterophyllum altum, is a rare fish with coloration similar to that of the barred knifejaw. It can be found in the river and appears between 4 PM to 9 AM from the months of May to October. It sells for a decent price of 3,000 Bells.

In GCN games it has a small shadow, equal to that of a crucian carp or sweetfish.

Donating to the Museum

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

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Gorgeous. Sim-ply gorgeuous. Heavenly, even. We will treasure your gift. I give you my word as an honest, upstanding owl."

It can be found in the bottom-right tank, along with most other rare river fish.

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The angelfish is called the queen of tropical fish, and quite rightly so, eh wot! Indeed, this one should bring a ray of sunshine to this dusty old museum! However serene these fish may look, they're actually rather feisty...Every rose has its thorn, isn't that what they say?"

It can be found in the second tank, after donating it to museum.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The distinctive shape of the angelfish lets it appear larger than it actually is. ...It's quite beautiful, and though it is a tropical fish, it has many tricks for staying alive, eh wot? Those skills make it far more resilient than other, pampered tropical fish. Perhaps this fact is what earned the angelfish the title "Tropical Fish Queen." "

It can be found in the bottom-left tank with the coral in it with other small river fish.

In New Leaf

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

"These tropical fish move very gracefully because of long fins on their backs and underbellies. Males and females are almost impossible to tell apart, making identification tricky. They lay eggs among water plants. Both genders look after the babies while they cling to weeds. The young look like any other fish, but they gain their angelfish looks once they leave the weeds."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Angelfish (Animal Crossing) Angelfish (Animal Crossing icon) "Angelfish"


Wild World

Angelfish (Wild World) Angelfish (Wild World icon) ''Their tall fins discourage predators."

Icon fishSize- 4.7 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Spring to fall


City Folk

Angelfish Angelfish (City Folk) ''These tall fish extend their fins to make themselves look big to predators."

Icon fishSize- About 4.8 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Summer-Fall


New Leaf

NLE angelfish

Gallery

Further information

Pterophyllum altum-1-

A real-life Angelfish.

Pterophyllum altum, or Altum Angelfish, as they are also known, grow larger than how they are represented in the game; in fact the distance between the tip of its dorsal fin to its back fin can exceed 50cm. It originates from South America, in the river basins of the Amazon River, Orinoco River, and Essequibo Rivers. They are ambush predators, meaning they hide behind roots and attack on small fish when they least suspect it. Their small bodies and striped coloration makes it easy for them to hide. They are monogamous, which means they only have one partner throughout their lifetime with which they lay eggs. It likes weak acidic water, with a pH of about 4.5 to 6.


Pterophyllum means "Winged (Ptero) Leaf (phyllum)". Pterophyllum altum is the national fish of Venezuela and an image of the fish appears on some currency bills of that country.

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