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"力レイを つり・・・ あれ? ほんとに?" —Animal Forest e+
"(translated)I caught a dab... What? Really?" —Animal Forest e+
"I caught a dab! Didja see it? You're a dab, right?" —Wild World
"I caught a dab! And I'm feeling fab!" —City Folk
"I caught a dab! I'm not just dabbling anymore!" —New Leaf
Dab
Dab
Scientific name Limanda proboscidea
Family Pleuronectidae - Righteye flounders
Time of year October to April
Time of day All day
Location Unknown
Size 50 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Large (AFe+), Small (WW,CF)
Rarity Fairly Common (**)
Sale price 200 Bells (AFe+),
300 Bells (WW,CF,NL)
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Italy small Platessa
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 42
Animal Crossing: Wild World 46
Animal Crossing: City Folk 51
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 56


The Dab is a fish in the flatfish group. It can be found in the ocean during the winter months, and is the smaller, more common cousin of the Olive Flounder. In some games, the dab is mistaken for the Olive Flounder.

It first appeared with the Olive Flounder in Dōbutsu no Mori e+, where the two fish were the same shadow size. As they were the same size as Sea Bass in Dōbutsu no Mori e+, it can sometimes be difficult to find either of these flatfish.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish and bugs in Animal Crossing series, the dab can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. When donating, Blathers will tell the player a little bit about the donation. Below is what he has to say in each game.

In Animal Forest e+

In Wild World

In City Folk

"By the by... Just so you know, eyes on a dab are positioned on the right, but on the left on a flounder. When young, these fish are shaped like ordinary fish, but... As they mature, they start becoming flatter in preparation for adulthood! What professionalism! You can tell this is a very responsible fish, wot?"

The dab can be found in the tank at the back of the room, with other sea fish.

In New Leaf

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

"Dabs generally have both eyes on the right side of their body, though there are some exceptions. Both types of dabs begin in infancy with an eye on each side of their body. As dabs grow, the eye on the left migrates to the right, though sometimes it doesn't move at all. Dabs dig in the sand to hide, which allows their eyes to stick up a bit to watch for danger. Because they live off of bugs and small creatures, their mouths are small, containing narrow, dull teeth."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest e+

Dab (Animal Crossing) Dab (Animal Crossing icon) "Dab"

Wild World

Dab (Wild World) Dab (Wild World icon) ''About half the size of olive flounders, they like to bury themselves in the sand."

Icon fishSize- 19.5 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- Fall and winter


City Folk

Dab (City Folk) ''These have flat, asymmetrical bodies. The eyes are on the right side."

Icon fishSize- About 20 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- Winter-Spring


New Leaf

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Further information

The Longheaded dab is a very small flatfish. It inhabits the northern Pacific from Canada to Asia including the Sea of Okhotsk. Like many flatfish it lives along sandy shoals where it has can easily camouflage itself.

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