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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Fishes

Carl Hansen
© Smithsonian Institution
bar David Smith
    David G. Smith
    Museum Specialist

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

  • Mailing and Shipping Address:
    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. 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., 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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