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"I caught a surgeonfish! It's cobalt blue and beautiful!" —City Folk
"I caught a surgeonfish! It was a simple operation, though!" —New Leaf
Surgeonfish
SurgeonfishNL
Scientific name Paracanthurus hepatus
Family Acanthuridae - Surgeonfish
Time of year April to September
Time of day All day
Location Unknown
Size 12.4 inches
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 1,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Italy small Pesce chirurgo
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World Not Present
Animal Crossing: City Folk 42
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 46


The Surgeonfish is an uncommon fish found in the ocean all day between the months of April and September. It is worth 1,000 Bells. It has a small shadow size, the same size as a Horse Mackerel.

Donating 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.

In 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, traingular 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. "

Encyclopedia Information

City Folk

Surgeonfish Surgeonfish (City Folk) ''Usually found around reefs, these will hide if startled."

Icon fishSize- About 12.4 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- Spring-Fall



New Leaf

NLE surgeonfish

Further Information

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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. It makes a great partner with the Clownfish and Butterflyfish (both bright, colorful fish).

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 are inedible to humans, with a foul smelling flesh and taste, and are poisonous. They can, however, be used as a type of bait. It can easily protect itself using spines located near its tail, which extend when the fish is excited or threatened. It will slash sideways towards a predator and can cause deep wounds allowing venom to seap in, which can cause infections.

The Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo famously features a surgeonfish named Dory.


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