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 typeCritterLocationShadow SizeTime
Critter typeCritterLocationShadow SizeTime
BugGrasshopperOn groundN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugBrown CicadaOn treesN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugRobust CicadaOn treesN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugGiant CicadaOn treesN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugEvening CicadaOn treesN/A4 a.m. – 8 a.m., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
BugCicada ShellOn treesN/AAll day
BugBlue Weevil BeetleOn coconut treesN/AAll day
BugEarth-boring Dung BeetleOn groundN/AAll day
BugScarab BeetleOn treesN/A11 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugSaw StagOn treesN/AAll day
BugMiyama StagOn treesN/AAll day
BugGiant StagOn treesN/A11 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugCyclommatus StagOn coconut treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugGolden StagOn coconut treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugGiraffe StagOn coconut treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugHorned DynastidOn treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugHorned AtlasOn coconut treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugHorned ElephantOn coconut treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugHorned HeruclesOn coconut treesN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugWalking StickOn treesN/A4 a.m. – 8 a.m., 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
BugWalking LeafNear trees, disguised as furniture leafN/AAll day
FishSweetfishRiverMediumAll day
FishNapoleonfishSeaLargest4 a.m. – 9 p.m.
FishPuffer FishSeaMediumAll day
FishBlue MarlinPierLargestAll day
FishOcean SunfishSeaLargest (Fin)4 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sea CreaturesMoon jellyfishOcean (diving)N/AAll day
Sea CreaturesGiant isopodOcean (diving)N/A9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 9 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Sea CreaturesHorseshoe crabOcean (diving)N/A9 p.m. – 4 a.m.