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"I caught a sea butterfly! I didn't even use a net!"
Sea Butterfly
Scientific Name
Clione limacina
Clionidae - Cliones
Time of Year
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
1,000 Bells

The Sea ButterflyClione limacina, is an uncommon oceanic fish that can be found all day, between the months of December and February. It can be sold for 1,000 Bells.

The tiny shadow it casts in the water makes it easy to differentiate from other winter ocean fish.


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

"Sea butterflies go with the flow, as they'll drift in cold winter waters along with ice floes. They are called "ice-floe angels" because of the mysterious way they swim with their winglike arms. Their heads will open up when they make an attempt to catch their helpless prey. Once its head is opened, it grabs its prey with six special feelers called "buccal cones." They only place you'll find both cold-water and tropical sea butterflies swimming together is in this game."

In real life[]


The Naked Sea Butterfly or Common Clione is a sea angel found mostly in cold waters, such as the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. There are two races that differentiate in body length. The northern race lives in colder water and its size is 70-85 mm, while the size of the southern race is 12 mm.

The Naked Sea Butterfly feed in a predator-prey relationship only on the sea butterflies of the genus Limacina: on Limacina helicina and on Limacina retroversa. It can survive one year without food.