Key:  Family Aphroditidae

Phylum Annelida
  Class Polychaeta
    Subclass Palpata
      Order Aciculata
        Suborder Phyllodicida
          Superfamily Aphroditacea

Taken primarily from  Kozloff, 1987, 1996 p.136  (Copyright 1987, 1996, University of Washington Press.  Used in this web page by permission of University of Washington Press)
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1a Elytra completely hidden by flexible notosetae that form a feltlike covering over the dorsal surface; protective notosetae (stiff) without barbs near the tips 2
1b Elytra not hidden by flexible notosetae; protective notosetae with barbs near the tips Laetmonice pellucida
2a Palps 8 to 11 times the length of the prostomium; tips of neurosetae hairy Aphrodita longipalpa
2b Palps 4 to 7 times the length of the prostomium; tips of neurosetae hairy in some species, not in others 3
3a Body with about 27 segments; vantralmost neurosetae with a little spur close to the tip; length not exceeding 2.5 cm Aphrodita parva
3b Body with 38 to 43 segments; none of the neurosetae with a spur, although some of the more nearly ventral ones on the more posterior segments have several small teeth; length up to 22 cm 4
4a Distal portion of protective notosetae with minute tubercles; median antenna club-shaped, considerably shorter than the prostomium Aphrodita neglecta
4b Distal portion of protective notosetae smooth; median antenna as long as, or longer than the prostomium 5
5a Ventralmost neurosetae coppery or gold; neurosetae sometimes with hairs or short spines Aphrodita japonica
5b Ventralmost neurosetae bright green; neurosetae without hairs or short spines
(Doubtfully distinct from A. japonica)
Aphrodite refulgida

Taxonomic Levels Represented in This Key:

  Aphrodita japonica

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