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Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Fishes

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bar David Smith
    David G. Smith
    Museum Specialist

  • Phone: (301)238-1742
  • Fax: (301)238-1834
  • E-mail: smithd[at]

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    Museum Support Center
    MRC 534
    4210 Silver Hill Road
    Suitland, MD 20746


Ph.D. 1971, University of Miami
M.S. 1967, University of Miami
B.S. 1964, Cornell University

Research Interests

Systematics, life history, and distribution of fishes, especially eels and eel larvae, and larvae of other oceanic fishes.

Recent Publications

Smith, David G. 2016. C. Richard Robins and the Miami School of Ichthyology. Copeia, 104(1): 267-277. doi:10.1643/OT-15-354

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Smith, David G. and Shao, Kwang-Tsao 2015. Notes on the congrid eel genus Parabathymyrus from the western Pacific Ocean, with the description of a new species (Pisces: Anguilliformes: Congridae). Zootaxa, 4060(1): 131-139. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.15

Lin, James, Smith, David G., Shao, Kwang-Tsao and Chen, Hong-Ming 2015. Saurenchelys gigas sp. nov., a new nettastomatid eel (Teleostei, Anguilliformes, Nettastomatidae) from the western central Pacific. Zootaxa, 4060(1): 121-130. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.14

Smith, David G., Lin, James, Chen, Hong-Ming and Pogonoski, John J. 2015. The eels of the genus Nettenchelys, with description of a new species from Taiwan (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Nettastomatidae). Zootaxa, 4060(1): 105-120. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.13

Smith, David G. 2015. Historical Notes: The Alexander G. Ruthven Award. Copeia, 103(4): 1093-1095. doi:10.1643/OT-15-306

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Mccosker, John E. and Smith, David G. 2015. Renaming of three recently described eels of the genus Neenchelys (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from the western Pacific. Zootaxa, 4060(1): 49-51. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.7

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Mccosker, John E., Smith, David G. and Shao, Kwang-Tsao 2015. Introduction to the systematics and biodiversity of eels (orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes) of Taiwan. Zootaxa, 4060(1): 5-18. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.3

Bowman, Inci A. and Smith, David G. 2015. Arthur Wilbur Henn: Unsung Hero of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Copeia, 103(2): 455-466. doi:10.1643/OT-15-232

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Smith, David G., McCosker, John E., Hibino, Yusuke, Loh, Kar-Hoe, Tighe, Kenneth A. and Shao, KwangTsao 2015. Annotated checklist of eels (orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes) from Taiwan. Zootaxa, 4060(1): 140-189. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.16

Ho, Hsuan-Ching, Smith, David G. and Tighe, Kenneth A. 2015. Review of the arrowtooth eel genera Dysomma and Dysommina in Taiwan, with the description of a new species (Anguilliformes: Synaphobranchidae: Ilyophinae). Zootaxa, 4060(1): 86-104. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4060.1.12

Smith, David G. and Mitchell, Joseph C. 2013. 100th Anniversary of Copeia. Copeia, 2013

Weigt, Lee A., Baldwin, Carole C., Driskell, Amy C., Smith, David G., Ormos, Andrea and Reyier, Eric A. 2012. Using DNA Barcoding to Assess Caribbean Reef Fish Biodiversity: Expanding Taxonomic and Geographic Coverage. PLoS ONE, 7(7): 1-7. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041059

Smith, David G., Irmak, Erhan and Özen, Özcan 2012. A Redescription of the Eel Panturichthys fowleri (Anguilliformes: Heterenchelyidae), with a Synopsis of the Heterenchelyidae. Copeia, 2012(3): 484-493. doi:10.1643/CI-11-174

Smith, David G. 2012. A checklist of the moray eels of the world (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Zootaxa, 3474: 1-64.

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