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"I caught a catfish! Do you think it has 9 lives?"

Scientific Name
Pylodictis olivaris
Ictaluridae - Freshwater Catfishes
Time of Year
Time of Day
4pm to 9am
Selling Price
800 Bells

The CatfishPylodictis olivaris, is a common river pond fish that can be caught between 4pm and 9am, between the months of May and October. It can be sold for 800 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide 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."

In real life[]


Catfish have one of the greatest ranges in size within a single order of bony fish. Many catfish have a maximum length of under 12 cm. Some of the smallest species of Aspredinidae and Trichomycteridae reach sexual maturity at only 1 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 eaten and are considered a delicacy.