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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

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

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.

Reece, Joshua S., Bowen, Brian W., Smith, David G. and Larson, Allan 2011. Comparative phylogeography of four Indo-Pacific moray eel species (Muraenidae) reveals comparable ocean-wide genetic connectivity despite five-fold differences in available adult habitat. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 437: 269-277. doi:10.3354/meps09248

Smith, David G. 2011. Joseph Schieser Nelson. Copeia, 2011(1): 169-176. doi:10.1643/OT-10-155

Smith, David G. 2011. James Chase Tyler, II. Copeia, 2011(4): 577-589. doi:10.1643/OT-11-073

Baldwin, Carole C., Brito, Balam J., Smith, David G., Weigt, Lee A. and Escobar-Briones, Elva 2011. Identification of early life-history stages of Caribbean Apogon (Perciformes: Apogonidae) through DNA Barcoding. Zootaxa, 3133: 1-36.

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