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"I caught a bitterling! I wonder what makes this little guy so angry..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a bitterling! So small, so very bitter!" —Wild World
"I caught a bitterling! But it's pretty sweet to me!" —City Folk
"I caught a bitterling! What's it so bitter about?" —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

「たなごを つり上げた!きれいで カワイー!」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a bitterling! It's so cute!" (translation)
Scientific name Acheilognathus melanogaster
Family Cyprinidae - Minnows/Carp
Time of year December to February(GCN),
November to February(WW, CF, NL)
Time of day All day
Location Unknown
Size 11 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Fairly Common (**)
Sale price 900 Bells (WW, CF),
1,300 Bells (GCN)
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names JapanTanago (タナゴ?)
Flag of Spain Amarguillo
Flag of Italy small Rodeo
Species #
Animal Forest 10
Animal Crossing 10
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 10
Animal Crossing: Wild World 1
Animal Crossing: City Folk 1
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 1

The Bitterling is a fairly common winter fish found in all games of the Animal Crossing series. It can be found in the river all day during the months of November through February. It sells for varying prices depending on the game. It is a member of the Carp family, and related to the goldfish.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the bitterling 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:

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A bitterling, I believe. Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed."

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I must say, I've never personally considered eating one of these before. It's so very...goldfishy... No, not particularly tasty-looking, to be sure..."

After donation, the bitterling can be found in the front tank in the first room.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"It's quite common for enthusiasts to keep bitterlings in the same tank as tropical fish, eh wot? Indeed, once upon a time, this fish was a popular choice for the private fishing ponds of the rich!"

It can be found swimming around in the middle-left tank in the Aquarium after donation.

In New Leaf

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

These fish are so small, they can fit their entire body in the palm of your hand. During mating season, the male's belly turns a light orange in order to properly attract a mate. They live in rivers and lakes and deposit eggs in large bivalves where the eggs hatch and live for a while.

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Bitterling (Animal Crossing) Bitterling (Animal Crossing icon) "Bitterling"

Wild World

Bitterling (Wild World) Bitterling (Wild World icon) ''They lay their eggs in live shellfish, so they're easy to raise, but hard to breed."

Icon fishSize- 3.9 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Winter

City Folk

Bitterling (City Folk) ''Easy to raise but tricky to breed, these are hard to find in the wild."

Icon fishSize- About 4 inches.
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Winter

New Leaf

Bitterling new leaf



A real life Bitterling.

Further Information

The Japanese bitterling (Acheilognathus melanogaster) is found in lakes, pond swamps and rivers throughout Japan. It is omnivorous, feeding on small aquatic insects and crustaceans and algae. It is an oviparous breeder from March to June. It is extinct in Kanagawa and Saitama Prefecture and endangered in Tokyo, Chiba ,Gunma Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture and Aomori Prefecture.

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