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Shearflea In-game icon.
Icon for the Shearflea, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in Pikmin 4
Scientific name Suprictis rubro
Family Springjab
Areas Hero's Hideaway
Caves Below-Grade Discotheque, Subterranean Swarm
Dandori Challenge stages Rockaway Cellars, Trial of the Sage Leaf
Dandori Battle stages Dandori Castle
Attacks Impale and eat Pikmin

The Shearflea (ノミンコ?, lit.: "Tiny Flea") is an enemy found in Pikmin 4. Shearfleas are based on and named after fleas, which they resemble closely due to their reddish coloration and overall design. Even though they have the prefix 'Shear-' in their name, they are actually not a part of the Mandiblard family like other creatures with the same name prefix, and are in a new family; the Springjab family.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
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Shearfleas idly wander around their territory area until they notice the player and their Pikmin, where they will then start to jump towards and at them. If a Shearflea grabs a Pikmin, they do not instantly eat it like most enemies, they attempt to jump away from the player and then eat them. This gives the player a little bit of time to save their captured Pikmin by killing the Shearflea. Shearfleas can also attach themselves to the player and Oatchi. They will then proceed to attack them while also slowing them down until they have been shook off. There can be a max of 3 Shearfleas on the player, and a max of 5 on Oatchi.


Shearfleas are small red, grub-like creatures that resemble real life fleas. They have four legs and a spike-like mouth that it uses to attack and eat. Sheafleas also have two green eyes on either side of their head. Their overall design, though different, has been influenced by real life fleas. Notably, they somewhat resemble members of the mandiblard family, but their legs and proboscis, as opposed to fully functional jaws, sets them apart.


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Shearfleas are quite simple to deal with as they die with a single Pikmin, excluding Winged Pikmin, landing directly on them. The real issue appears when there is a large number of them as they can quickly eat Pikmin or even attach themselves to both the player and Oatchi. A solution to this is to never stop moving while you fight them as they tend to jump towards your previous position.

Additionally, it should also be noted that Rock Pikmin are immune to being eaten by Shearfleas. Similar to the Joustmite, Rock Pikmin are simply pushed away whenever attacked, allowing them to safely eliminate Shearfleas without any risk of them being eaten in the process.


Dalmo's Notes

If you find any of these busy little bouncers happily hopping about, try jumping in with them. If you do, they may just come to you for cuddles. They're such sweet little lovebugs!

Olimar's Notes

The sensory hairs growing on this creature's orange body segments can detect body temperatures, movement, and carbon-dioxide levels. It clings to its prey with its claylike front legs and sucks their blood through its pointed proboscis.

Research has found that the Shearflea can store energy created while contracting its bellows-like body in the elastic proteins located at the roots of its hinds, allowing it to repeatedly jump very high.

Its reproductive rates are rather explosive. A small group of egg-laying females can boom into a population of over a hundred in a month's time.

Louie's Notes

Salty, sour, and sometimes sweet. The flavor changes depending on which living creature it's fed from recently.


See more: Springjab family#Naming.
  • Common name: Shearflea. Combination of "Sheargrub" and "flea". The reason for it using "shear" is that mandiblards and the Shearflea share the descriptor, tiny, in their Japanese common names.
  • Japanese nickname: ノミンコ?, lit.: "Tiny Flea". The name is a combination of 蚤, which means "flea", and 子.
  • Japanese name: ベニトビサシ?, lit.: "Red Leaping Piercer". "ベニ" refers to its color, "飛び" refers to how it leaps to attack, and "サシ" refers to how it pierces and stabs Pikmin to kill them.
  • Scientific name: Suprictis rubro. "Rubro" is an archaic Italian way of saying "red", referring to its color.
  • Internal names: NOMI. "ノミ" directly translates into flea.
  • Prerelease: Unknown

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ノミンコ?
Tiny Flea
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Tiàozao Qūzǐ
Flea Maggotlet
Flag of China Chinese
Tiàozao Qūzǐ
Flea Maggotlet
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Vlogruppie
Flag of France French Boufpuce The name is a portmanteau of "bouffe" (eat, grub) and "puce" (flea)
Flag of Germany German Flohtos
Flag of Italy Italian Tarlopulce Fleaworm The name is a portmanteau of tarlo (woodworm) and pulce (flea)
Flag of South Korea Korean 벼룩
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Pulgão-lacera Shred aphid
Flag of Spain Spanish Comején pulga Flea sheargrub


See also