Animal Crossing: New Horizons new fish, bugs, and sea creatures to catch in January

With January arriving, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are bound to find a different batch of fish, bugs, and sea creatures around their islands.

There’s no rush to catch any of them, as most of them will stick around for much longer than a month, but make sure you donate any new finds to Blathers to complete your Museum. You can tell when you’ve caught a new creature because your character will exclaim “Yes!” before they say the bug or fish’s name.

You can also check in your Critterpedia to see if you’ve donated the bug fish or not. If you have, there will be a little owl icon next to the critter name. (Note that these emblems won’t show up if you’re on somebody else’s island.)

Sadly, the Northern Hemisphere islands are not getting any new critters in January. You can see the list of Southern Hemisphere critters moving in below. Keep in mind that some of these are returning to your island after being previously available, so if they seem familiar, you likely caught them during an earlier availability.

New critters to find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for January (Southern Hemisphere)

Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Grasshopper On ground N/A 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bug Brown Cicada On trees N/A 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bug Robust Cicada On trees N/A 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bug Giant Cicada On trees N/A 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bug Evening Cicada On trees N/A 4 a.m. – 8 a.m., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bug Cicada Shell On trees N/A All day
Bug Blue Weevil Beetle On coconut trees N/A All day
Bug Earth-boring Dung Beetle On ground N/A All day
Bug Scarab Beetle On trees N/A 11 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Saw Stag On trees N/A All day
Bug Miyama Stag On trees N/A All day
Bug Giant Stag On trees N/A 11 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Cyclommatus Stag On coconut trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Golden Stag On coconut trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Giraffe Stag On coconut trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Horned Dynastid On trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Horned Atlas On coconut trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Horned Elephant On coconut trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Horned Herucles On coconut trees N/A 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Bug Walking Stick On trees N/A 4 a.m. – 8 a.m., 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bug Walking Leaf Near trees, disguised as furniture leaf N/A All day
Fish Sweetfish River Medium All day
Fish Napoleonfish Sea Largest 4 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fish Puffer Fish Sea Medium All day
Fish Blue Marlin Pier Largest All day
Fish Ocean Sunfish Sea Largest (Fin) 4 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sea Creatures Moon jellyfish Ocean (diving) N/A All day
Sea Creatures Giant isopod Ocean (diving) N/A 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 9 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Sea Creatures Horseshoe crab Ocean (diving) N/A 9 p.m. – 4 a.m.