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Springjab family

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The Springjab family is a family of enemies in Pikmin 4, and currently consists of a single member, the Shearflea. All members belong to the Suprictis genus.



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Main article: Shearflea.

The Shearflea is an enemy found in Pikmin 4. They are small reddish creatures that resemble fleas. They can be found in several caves and the Hero's Hideaway. Unlike most enemies, when they grab a Pikmin, they don't instantly try to eat them. They instead attempt to jump away from the player and then eat them.


The family's name, Springjab, can be split up into two words: spring and jab. The word spring means to 'move or jump suddenly or rapidly upwards or forwards' which is in relation to how the Shearflea hops around. The word jab means to 'poke roughly or quickly, especially with something sharp or pointed', this is in relation to the way the Shearfleas attack their prey, using their spike-like mouth.

The family's genus, Suprictis, can be split up into two parts: supri and ctis. The first part, supri could be derived from the english word suprise meaning 'an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, etc.' The second part ctis could be derived from the latin word ctus meaning 'shot'. Putting these together results in 'surprise shot' which could be in relation to how the Shearflea would attack by surprising its prey with unexpected shots with their spike-like mouth.

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese トビサシ科?
Tobi sashi ka
Leaping piercer family
Flag of France French sautipiques The name is a portmanteau of "saut" (jump) and "pique" (sting)
Flag of Germany German Stechspringer Stab jumpers
Flag of South Korea Korean 점핑벼룩 과
Jeomping byeoluk gwa
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Pinipulguídeos Pinfleidae The name is a portmanteau of "pino" (pin), "pulga" (flea) and the suffix "-ídeos" (-idae), which is used for naming animal family names