Key:  Family Pandalidae

Phylum Arthropoda
 Subphylum Crustacea
  Class Malacostraca
   Subclass Eumalacostraca
    Superorder Eucarida
     Order Decapoda
       Suborder Pleocyemata
        Infraorder Caridea
         Superfamily Pandaloidea

Taken primarily from  Kozloff, 1987, 1996 p. 397, 507 (Copyright 1987, 1996, University of Washington Press.  Used in this web page by permission of University of Washington Press)
Taxonomic levels from Martin and Davis, 2001

An excellent alternate, up to date key can be found in Wicksten, 2009 on page 121.
 
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1a  Antenna 1 about twice as long as the carapace (including the rostrum) 2
1b Antenna 1 about as long as the carapace, or only slightly longer 3
2a Distal half of rostrum with spines on its dorsal edge Pandalopsis dispar
2b Distal half of rostrum without spines on its dorsal edge (restricted to deep water) Pandalopsis ampla
3a Posterior margin of abdominal segment 4 with a sharp median spine Pandalus eous
3b Posterior margin of abdominal segment 4 without a median spine 4
4a Distal half of the scale of antenna 2 narrower than the spine Pandalus stenolepis
4b Distal half of the blade of the scale of antenna 2 not narrower than the spine 5
5a Telson with 8-13 pairs of dorsolateral spines; color uniformly pink, with no bands or other markings on legs or body Pandalus jordani
5b Telson with 4-6 pairs of dorsolateral spines; legs and/or body with bands or other markings 6
6a Distal half of rostrum with dorsal spines 7
6b Distal half of rostrum without dorsal spines 8
7a Only the anterior half of the carapace (exclusive of the rostrum) with median dorsal spines Pandalus platyceros
7b Median dorsal spines extending posteriorly beyond the middle of the carapace (exclusive of the rostrum) Pandalus hypsinotus
8a Abdominal segment 3 with a median lobe or spine; rostrum  bifid Pandalus goniurus
8b Abdominal segment 3 without a median lobe or spine; rostrum  trifid 9
9a Median dorsal spines extending slightly posterior to the middle of the carapace (exclusive of the rostrum); dactyl of leg 5 about one-third as long as the propodus; abdomen with irregular brown or red stripes Pandalus danae
9b Only the anterior half of the carapace (exclusive of the rostrum) with median dorsal spines; dactyl of leg 5 about 1/5 the length of the propodus; abdomen uniformly pink Pandalus tridens



Taxonomic Levels Represented in This Key:

  Pandalopsis dispar
  Pandalus danae
  Pandalus eous
  Pandalus goniurus
  Pandalus jordani
  Pandalus platyceros
  Pandalus stenolepis
  Pandalus tridens
 



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