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"I caught a barbel steed! It just needs a barbel saddle!"

Barbel Steed
Scientific Name
Hemibarbus labeo
Cyprinidae - Minnows/Carp
Time of Year
All year
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
200 Bells

The Barbel Steed, Hemibarbus labeo, is a common fish found in rivers all day, year-round. It sells for 200 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.

"Barbel steeds have a longer distance between their eyes and mouths than carp do. This makes them look almost like they're averting their eyes downward in embarrassment. Their whiskers aren't as long as carp whiskers, so the resemblance is still only minor. They are full of bones, but they're edible nonetheless and actually taste similar to flounder."

In real life[]


The Hemibarbus labeo or Barbel Steed (better known as the Barbel) is a harmless fish that lives in the rocky, fast flowing bottoms of rivers. It is largely carp-like in appearance. The name ‘barbel’ is derived from the Latin Barba, meaning beard which is a reference to the two pairs of barbs by its mouth. There are different types of Barbels scattered across the world, and can be seen in Europe, Asia and Africa.