- "OH MY GOSH! I caught a stringfish! My theory really paid off!"
The Stringfish, Hucho perryi, is a rare river fish that can be found between 4pm and 9am, between the months of December and March. It can be sold for 15,000 Bells, making it tied for most profitable fish with the Coelacanth and Dorado.
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"Stringfish live in cold rivers, can grow to over a yard long, and are stout and bulky like logs. They live up to 20 years but grow so slowly that it takes them 15 years to reach full maturity. They are called 'phantom fish' because there are so few of them. Adults are particularly hard to find."
The Sakhalin taimen, also called the Sea-run tamen, Stringfish, Japanese huchen, or Ito, is one of largest, most ancient salmon species and primarily inhabits the lower to middle reaches of lakes and rivers in the Northwest Pacific: Sakhalin Island (Russia), the Island of Hokkaidō (Japan) and parts of the far eastern Russian Mainland. Fishes over 30 cm long are almost exclusively piscivores, while the young feed mostly on aquatic insects. World research concluded that this species of fish is, surprisingly, able to change its own sex for mating. Females typically lay between 2,000-10,000 eggs in the spring on the sandy or gravelly river bottom.
In 2006, the IUCN listed Hucho perryi as critically endangered based on the assessment completed by the Salmonid Specialist Group (SSG). This designation represents the highest potential risk of global extinction to the species. The assessment revealed that the range-wide population has dropped in size to less than 5% of historic levels.