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Pandalus borealis   Krøyer, 1838

northern shrimp
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Pandalidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Piepenburg, D., N.V. Chernova, C.F. von Dorrien, J. Gutt, A.V. Neyelov, E. Rachor, L. Saldanha and M.K. Schmid. 1996. (Ref. 2952)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8); 16.5 cm TL (female)


Demersal; depth range 9 - 1450 m (Ref. 85480), usually 50 - 500 m (Ref. 85480)

Climate / Range

Boreal; -2°C - 12°C (Ref. 85480); 82°N - 45°N, 180°E - 180°E (Ref. 85480)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions


Short description

Commonly known as the "pink" shrimp, it is slender and has a smooth body surface. The shell is somewhat thin, making it more difficult to transport in good condition than the other species. Moreover, although a deep red when alive, it becornes pink after boiling, a quality which also detracts from the commercial value of the unshelled product. The rostrum is about one and three fourths times as long as the carapace, slightly arched above the eyes, terminal half slightly ascending, armed with 12 to 16 teeth above (including 3 or 4 on the carapace), 6 to g teeth below, tip bifid. The anterior dorsal spine is situated at least as far forward as the distal third of the rostrum.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Considered as free-living (Ref. 3123) stenohaline species living on soft substrates with high organic content. It is an opportunistic omnivore functioning as a predator and a scavenger (Ref. 85480). Post-larvae mature first as males for 2 years, sex transition begins afterwards. Spawning begins on the third winter, hatching occurs during spring (Ref. 82652).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)


CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high