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"I caught a crawfish! Watch those pinchers!"

Scientific Name
Procambarus clarkii
Cambaridae - Crayfish
(sup. Astacoidea)
Time of Year
April to First Half of September
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
200 Bells

The CrawfishProcambarus clarkii, is a common fish found in the holding pond that can be found all day, between the months of April and mid-September. It is one of four fish catchable in the holding pond, alongside the Killifish, Frog, and Tadpole. It can be sold for 200 Bells.


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

"These shrimp relatives are usually found in ponds and rivers, typically making them easy to catch. The reason for this strange habitat is that crawfish are plentiful and will eat just about anything. Eating plant material makes their bodies red, but only eating fish and meat will turn their bodies blue. A red color indicates they are eating a healthy and balanced diet, so red is the ideal for the species."

In real life[]


The Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), also called the American Crayfish, is a member of one of the three large freshwater crawfish. There are other names other than crawfish, such as crayfish, crawdads, and crawldads, known around the world in their respected territories. Crawfish more correctly refers to a type of saltwater lobster, whereas freshwater species are called Crayfish.

In Japan this introduced species is featured in children’s playhood, as fishing for these creatures is very popular. The traditional fishing rod used is a simple branch tied with kite string. The bait is tied at the end of the string, and can consist of fish, sausage or paste. Adult crawfish are generally too big for such methods, and a genuine shrimp rod is used for such individuals.

It was introduced to Japan in 1927 as a food for bullfrogs that were kept in captivity, and once a few escaped its wild population escalated.