| River (AC)|
River Pool (WW, CF, NL)
| 200 Bells (AC)|
800 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
|29,20 in. 70 cm||Large|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|May to October||4 pm - 9 am|
|Scientific name||Silurus asotus|
|Family||Siluridae - Freshwater Catfishes|
|Appearances||AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL|
|Rarity||Fairly Common (✭✭)|
|Regional names|| Silure |
- "I caught a catfish! Do you think it has 9 lives?" —New Leaf
The catfish is the most common river pool fish. In Wild World and City Folk, it sells for 800 Bells, and is the second least expensive river pool fish. It appears from May until October and from 4pm to 9am.
Prior to Wild World it was a common river fish, but in future games it has more or less replaced the role of the larger Giant Catfish which was also restricted to the river pool. As the Giant Catfish was dropped after Animal Forest e+, it seems that the regular catfish has taken up its larger cousin's place.
Donating to the museum
In Animal Crossing
"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!"
In Wild World
"I've heard some claim that these fish taste a bit like eel, you know. If you want to sample it, (Name), I'd recommend pan-frying it. Indeed, I believe you could deep-fry a rock, and I'd enjoy it, wot!"
In City Folk
"Catfish are known the world over for their voracious appetites! They'll try to eat anything in one bite, up to and including things the of their bodies...or so I hear! The largest of these hungry fish can grow up to 40 inches in length... Imagine going down to the river and having one of those behemoths come at you! The horror!"
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.
"Catfish are known for their long whiskers, wide bodies, and large mouths, but they don't have fur. Despite having large eyes, they have rather poor eyesight. They make up for this with sensory whiskers. Catfish have small horizontal and vertical lines in their bodies, almost like perforated lines. These holes are for detecting weak electric currents of other fish, making them adept hunters. Catfish are artful carnivores as they swim around lazily but then strike quickly when prey is found."
- "ナマズを 釣り上げた! ヒゲ なが―い!" —Animal Forest e+
- "I caught a catfish! I think I'll name it Whiskers..." —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a catfish! Here, kitty kitty!" —Wild World
- "I caught a catfish! Who's meowing now?!" —City Folk
| "They're nocturnal carnivores and cannibals. This, of course makes them hard to breed."|
|Season||Summer and Fall|
Catfish have one of the greatest ranges in size within a single order of bony fish. Many catfish have a maximum length of less than twelve centimeters. Some of the smallest species of Aspredinidae and Trichomycteridae reach sexual maturity at only one centimeter (0.4 in). Many species have a slimy covering and can adapt to breathing on land for a while, like eels. The order Siluriformes as a whole are commonly caught in real life, usually in ponds or lakes. In some fiction, a pun is played on the name 'Catfish' by making it have the head of a cat or referencing it otherwise. In some parts of the world catfish are consumed and are considered a delicacy.