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Skitterling family

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The skitterling family is a group of creatures in the Pikmin series, of which two species have been cataloged so far. Most of the skitterling family resemble leaves, and are motionless until a leader or a group of Pikmin comes by.


Desiccated Skitter Leaf[edit]

Icon for the Desiccated Skitter Leaf, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Main article: Desiccated Skitter Leaf.

Desiccated Skitter Leaves, introduced in Pikmin 3, are the more hostile members of the skitterling family. They actually have a means of killing Pikmin by grabbing them and eating them swiftly. They resemble withered and dead leaves rather than the healthy ones Skitter Leaves imitate. The edges of the leaves are serrated and sharp, unlike its green relative.

Skitter Leaf[edit]

A render of a Skitter Leaf from Pikmin 4.
Main article: Skitter Leaf.

The Skitter Leaf is a harmless enemy introduced in Pikmin 2. They resemble a regular, healthy leaf. Skitter Leaves are fairly uncommon enemies, but are often found in groups. If approached, a Skitter Leaf will try to scurry away as it has no means of defense or offense. They can often be more trouble than they're worth, since they are only worth one Poko and seed.


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"Skitter" is a verb that means "to run around", referring to how these creatures scurry about. This word is used in the family member's names, as well as the name of the family itself, which is a portmanteau of "skitter" and "ling", a suffix meaning that something is concerned with the root of the word it is found in.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese コノハムシ科?
Konoha Mushi Ka
Leaf bug family
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of France French ricocheurs The name is a portmanteau of "haricot" (bean) and "cacheur" (hider)
Flag of Germany German Rutscher Slipper
Flag of Italy Italian Stagnotteri The name is a portmanteau of "stagno" (pond) and the suffix "-ttero"; equivalent of -ptera, commonly used in the names of bug orders
Flag of South Korea Korean 잎사귀벌레 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Saltifolhídeos Jumpeafidae The name is a portmanteau of "saltitar" (jump), "folha" (leaf) and the suffix "-ídeos" (-idae), which is used for naming animal family names
Flag of Spain Spanish Pisaátomos Atomstompers

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