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Division of Fishes

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    David G. Smith
    Museum Specialist

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    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

Mohapatra, Anil, Ray, Dipanjan, Smith, David G. and Mishra, Subhrendu Sekhar 2016. A new species of elongate unpatterned moray eel of the genus Gymnothorax (Muraenidae: Muraeninae) from the Bay of Bengal. Zootaxa, 4150(5): 591-598. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4150.5.6

Smith, David G. and Bowman, Inci A. 2016. 50th Anniversary Meeting of ASIH in Vancouver, 1963. Copeia, 104(1): 278-285. doi:10.1643/OT-15-388

Ray, Dipanjan, Mohapatra, Anil and Smith, David G. 2015. A new species of Short Brown Unpatterned Moray Eel of the Genus Gymnothorax (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae) from the Bay of Bengal. Zootaxa, 4027(1): 140-144. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4027.1.8

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

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, 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

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 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

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

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

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