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Theodore W. Pietsch

Theodore W. Pietsch, Ph.D.

Professor and Curator of Fishes


Office: FTR 203

Tel: 206-543-8923

Lab Tel: 206-543-3816

Fax: 206-616-6716

Curriculum Vitae

Biology of Fishes, FISH/BIOL 311

Elwha River Valley Biotic Survey

Gilbert Ichthyological Society

Pop-up Net Video

Anglerfishes on the Tree of Life

Theodore W. Pietsch

Recent Publications


Pietsch, T. W. 2012. Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, xi + 384 pp.

Pietsch, T. W. 2012. Cuvier’s History of the Natural Sciences: Twenty-four Lessons from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Edited and annotated by T. W. Pietsch, translated from the French by A. J. Simpson. Publications Scientifiques du Muséum and Bibliothèque Centrale, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 718 pp.

Pietsch, T. W., J. W. Orr, and W. N. Eschmeyer. 2012. Mustelus felis Ayres, 1854, a Senior Synonym of the Leopard Shark, Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855 (Carchariniformes: Triakidae), Invalidated by “Reversal of Precedence.” Copeia, 2012(1):98–99.

Carnevale, G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2012. †Caruso, a New Genus of Anglerfishes from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy, with a Comparative Osteology and Phylogeny of the Family Lophiidae (Teleostei: Lophiiformes). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 10(1):47–72.


Iwamoto, T., G. M. Cailliet, D. M. Cohen, T. W. Pietsch, T. Tucker, R. J. Larson, and M. L. Martin. 2011. Margaret G. Bradbury (1927–2010). Copeia, 2011(4):599–605.

Pietsch, T. W. 2011. Historical Perspectives: Greenwood, Rosen, Weitzman, and Myers: Circumstances Surrounding the Publication of “Phyletic Studies of Teleostean Fishes, With a Provisional Classification of Living Forms,” 1966. Copeia, 2011(4):590–598.

Pietsch, T. W., and C. P. Kenaley. 2011. A New Species of Deep-sea Anglerfish, Genus Himantolophus (Lophiiformes: Himantolophidae), From Southern Waters of All Three Major Oceans of the World. Copeia, 2011(4):490–496.

Arnold, R. J., and T. W. Pietsch. 2011. Evolutionary History of Frogfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Antennariidae): A Molecular Approach. Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution, 62(2012):117–129.

Carnevale, G., Godfrey, S., and T. W. Pietsch. 2011. Stargazer (Teleostei, Uranoscopidae) Cranial Remains From the Miocene Calvert Cliffs, Maryland (St. Marys Formation, Chesapeake Group). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31(6):1200–1209.

Pietsch, T. W. 2011. Plumier’s Passion: Foregoing the Smallest of Worldly Pleasures, A Seventeenth-century French Monk Compiled a Meticulous Record of Plants and Animals. His Illustrations of Fishes are Just One of His Neglected Legacies. Natural History, July/August 2011, pp. 30–36.

Arnold, R. J., and T. W. Pietsch. 2011. A New Species of Frogfish of the Genus Histiophryne (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Antennariidae) from Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa, 2925:63–68.

Carnevale, G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2011. Batfishes (Teleostei: Ogcocephalidae) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca. Geological Magazine, 148:461–472.

Pietsch, T. W., and G. Carnevale. 2011. †Sharfia mirabilis, A New Genus and Species of Anglerfish (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Lophiidae) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy. Copeia, 2011(1):64–71.

Pietsch, T. W. 2011. Charles Plumier’s (c. 1689) “Manicou Caraibarum”: A Previously Unpublished Description and Drawing of the Common Opossum, Didelphis marsupialis Linnaeus, 1758. Archives of Natural History, 38(1):77–87.


Stewart, A. L., and T. W. Pietsch. 2010. A New Species of Deep-sea Anglerfish, Genus Himantolophus (Lophiiformes: Himantolophidae), From the Western South Pacific, with Comments on the Validity of H. pseudalbinares. Zootaxa, 2671:53-60.

Pietsch, T. W. 2010. The Curious Death of Peter Artedi: A Mystery in the History of Science. Scott & Nix, New York, 222 pp.

Pietsch, T. W. 2010. Samuel Fallours: Tropical Fishes of the East Indies—Poissons tropicaux des Indes orientales—Tropische Fische Ostindiens. Edited by Petra Lamers-Schutze, Taschen GmbH, Cologne, Germany, 96 pp., 36 + 9 figs., 100 color pls.

Carnevale, G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2010. Eocene handfishes from Monte Bolca, with description of a new genus and species, and a phylogeny of the family Brachionichthyidae (Teleostei: Lophiiformes). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 158(4):1-27.

Miya, M., T. W. Pietsch, J. W. Orr, R. J. Arnold, T. P. Satoh, A. M. Shedlock, H.-C. Ho, M. Shimazaki, M. Yabe, and M. Nishida. 2010. Evolutionary history of anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes): A Mitogenomic Perspective. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10(58):1-27.

Pietsch, T. W. 2010. Theodore W. Pietsch II (1912-1993) and the Development of Automobile Design in the Golden Age. With a foreword by Frederic A. Sharf. Velocity Print Solutions, Lynn, Massachusetts, 80 pp., 64 figs., 67 color pls.

Vadopalas, B., T. W. Pietsch, and C. S. Friedman. 2010. The Proper name for the Geoduck: Resurrection of Panopea generosa Gould, 1850, from the synonymy of Panopea abrupta (Conrad, 1849) (Bivalvia: Myoida: Hiatellidae). Malacologia, 52(1):169-173.


Sluys, R., I. Smolders, M. Kawakatsu, T. W. Pietsch, and R. B. Kuranishi. 2009. Freshwater planarians (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida) from the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka. Species Diversity, 14(4):307-322.

Pietsch, T. W. 2009. [Families Caulophrynidae, Himantolophidae, Melanocetidae, Oneirodidae, Gigantactinidae, Linophrynidae]. pp. 213-228, In: K. Nakaya et al. (editors), Deep-sea Fishes of Peru: Libro de Peces de Aguas Profundas del Peru. Japan Deep Sea Trawlers Association and Instituto del Mar del Peru, Tokyo and Lima, 355 pp., 279 figs.

Ho, H.-C., A. M. Prokofiev, T. W. Pietsch, and K-T Shao. 2009. New Records of Two Deep-sea Anglerfish species, Oneirodes plagionema and O. pietschi (Lophiiformes: Oneirodidae), from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Journal of the Fisheries Society of Taiwan, 35(4):329-334.

Pietsch, T. W., J. W. Johnson, and R. J. Arnold. 2009. A New Genus and Species of the Shallow-Water Anglerfish Family Tetrabrachiidae (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Antennarioidei) from Australia. Copeia, 2009(3):485-495.

Carnevale, G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2009. The Deep-Sea Anglerfish Genus Acentrophryne (Teleostei, Ceratioidei, Linophrynidae) in the Miocene of California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 29(2):372-378.

Pietsch, T. W., R. J. Arnold, and D. J. Hall. 2009. A Bizarre New Species of Frogfish of the Genus Histiophryne (Lophiiformes: Antennariidae) from Ambon and Bali, Indonesia. Copeia, 2009(1):37-45.

Carnevale, G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2009. An Eocene Frogfish (Lophiiformes: Antennariidae) from Monte Bolca, Italy: The Earliest Known Skeletal Record for the Family. Palaeontology, 52(4):745-752.

Pietsch, T. W. 2009. Oceanic Anglerfishes: Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep-sea. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, xii + 557 pp. http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10866.php


Thireau, M., F. J. Meunier, M.-L. Bauchot, A. Hamonou-Mahieu, and T. W. Pietsch. 2008. L'Oeuvre Ichtyologique de Charles Plumier aux Antilles (1689-1695). pp. 47-56, In: Explorations et voyages scientifiques de l'Antiquité à nos jours. Congrès annuel du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques, 18-23 April 2005, La Rochelle, France.

Pietsch, T. W. 2008. A Mermaid in the Tub: A Specimen of MvB Sirenne, a New Family of Type-Faces by Alan Greene, Inspired by Engraved Letterforms in a Rare Book. Mark van Bronkhorst and E. M. Ginger, editors, MvB Fonts, Albany, California, 36 pp.

Carnevale, G., T. W. Pietsch, G. T. Takeuchi, and R. W. Huddleston. 2008. Fossil Ceratioid Anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes) From the Miocene of the Los Angeles Basin, California. Journal of Paleontology, 82(5):996-1008. (13.5 mb .pdf file)

Reum, J. C. P., C. E. Paulsen, T. W. Pietsch, and S. Stetter. 2008. First Record of an Albino Chimaeriform Fish,Hydrolagus collieiNorthwestern Naturalist, 89(1):60-62. (104 kb .pdf file)

Luck, D. G., and T. W. Pietsch. 2008. In-Situ Observations of a Deep-sea Ceratioid Anglerfish of the Genus OneirodesLütken (Lophiiformes: Oneirodidae). Copeia, 2008(2):446-451. (1.4 mb .pdf file)


Kharin, V. E., and T. W. Pietsch. 2007. New finding of a rare deep-sea ceratioid anglerfish, Dermatias platynogasterSmith and Radcliffe (Lophiiformes: Oneirodidae). J. Ichthy., 47(9):806-808. (229 kb .pdf file)

Arronte, J. C., and T. W. Pietsch. 2007. First Record of Himantolophus mauli (Lophiiformes: Himantolophidae) on the Slope off Asturias, Central Cantabrian Sea, Eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Cybium, 31(1): 85-86. (265 kb .pdf file)

Garrett, D. L., T. W. Pietsch, F. M. Utter, and L. Hauser. 2007. The Hybrid Sole, Inopsetta ischyra (Teleostei: Pleuronectiformes: Pleuronectidae): Hybrid or Biological Species? Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc., 136(2): 460-468. (307 kb .pdf file)

Dunn, J. R., and T. W. Pietsch. 2007. Historical Perspectives: Martin Ralph Brittan. Copeia, 2007(1): 225-233. (703 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W. 2007. A New Species of the Ceratioid Anglerfish Genus Chaenophryne Regan (Lophiiformes: Oneirodidae) From the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean. Copeia, 2007(1): 163-168. (349 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., and J. W. Orr. 2007. Phylogenetic Relationships of Deep-sea Anglerfishes of the Suborder Ceratioidei (Teleostei: Lophiiformes) Based on Morphology. Copeia, 2007(1): 1-34. (2.2 mb .pdf file)


Holthuis, L. B., and T. W. Pietsch. 2006. Les Planches inédites de Poissons et autres Animaux marins de l'Indo-Ouest Pacifique d'Isaac Johannes Lamotius [Isaac Johannes Lamotius (1646-c. 1718) and His Paintings of Indo-Pacific Fishes and Other Marine Animals]. Christian Érard (editor), Publications Scientifiques du Muséum and Bibliothèque Centrale, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 292 pp., 93 color pls.

Bañón, R., T. W. Pietsch, and C.-G. Piñeiro. 2006. New Record of Linophryne coronata (Lophiiformes, Linophrynidae) from the North-eastern Atlantic Ocean. Cybium, 30(4): 385-386. (111 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., A. V. Balushkin, and V. V. Fedorov. 2006. New Records of the Rare Deep-sea Anglerfish Diceratias trilobus Balushkin and Fedorov (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei: Diceratiidae) from the Western Pacific and Eastern Indian Oceans. J. Ichthy., 46(Suppl. 1): 97-100. (208 kb .pdf file)

Carnevale, G. and T. W. Pietsch. 2006. Filling the gap: a fossil frogfish, genus Antennarius (Teleostei, Lophiiformes, Antennariidae), from the Miocene of Algeria. Journal of Zoology 270: 448-457. (530 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., and Z. H. Baldwin. 2006. A revision of the deep-sea anglerfish genus Spiniphryne Bertelsen (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei: Oneirodidae), with description of a new species from the Central and Eastern North Pacific Ocean. Copeia, 2006(3): 404-411. (457 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., and J. W. Orr. 2006. Triglops dorothy, a new species of sculpin (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Cottidae) from the southern Sea of Okhotsk. Fish. Bull. 104(2): 238-246. (595 kb .pdf file)

Staudigel, H., T. W. Pietsch, and 17 additional co-authors. 2006. Vailulu´u Seamount, Samoa: Life and Death on an Active Submarine Volcano. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 103(17):6448-6453. (7 mb .pdf file)

Caruso, J. H., H.-C. Ho, and T. W. Pietsch. 2006. Chaunacops Garman, 1899, a senior objective synonym ofBathychaunax Caruso, 1989 (Lophiiformes: Chaunacoidei: Chaunacidae). Copeia, 2006(1): 120-121. (37.5 kb .pdf file)


Pietsch, T. W. 2005. Dimorphism, parasitism, and sex revisited: Modes of reproduction among deep-sea ceratioid anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes). Ichthyological Research, 52(3): 207-236. (1.7 mb .pdf file)

Dunn, J. R., and T. W. Pietsch. 2005. Historical Perspectives: Daniel Morris Cohen. Copeia, 2005(3): 693-700. (1.8 mb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., and M. Shimazaki. 2005. Revision of the deep-sea anglerfish genus Acentrophryne Regan (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei: Linophrynidae), with the description of a new species from off Peru. Copeia, 2005(2): 146-151. (540 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W. 2005. A new species of the ceratioid anglerfish genus Lasiognathus Regan (Lophiiformes: Thaumatichthyidae) from the Eastern North Atlantic off Madeira. Copeia, 2005(1): 77-81. (375 kb .pdf file)


Shedlock, A. M., T. W. Pietsch, M. G. Haygood, P. Bentzen, and M. Hasegawa. 2004. Molecular systematics and life history evolution of anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes): Evidence from mitochondrial DNA. Steenstrupia, Copenhagen, 28(2): 129-144. (924 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W. 2004. Revision of the deep-sea anglerfish genus Phyllorhinichthys Pietsch (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei: Oneirodidae), with the description of a new species from the Atlantic Ocean. Copeia, 2004(4): 797-803. (238 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W. 2004. A new species of the anglerfish genus Lophiocharon Whitley (Lophiiformes: Antennariidae) from Australian waters. Rec. Aust. Mus., 56(2): 159-162. (72 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., and V. E. Kharin. 2004. Pietschichthys horridus Kharin, 1989, a junior synonym of Dermatias platynogaster Smith and Radcliffe, in Radcliffe, 1912 (Lophiiformes: Oneirodidae), with a revised key to oneirodid genera. Copeia, 2004(1): 122-127. (391 kb .pdf file)

Pietsch, T. W., H.-C. Ho, and H.-M. Hong. 2004. Revision of the deep-sea anglerfish genus Bufoceratias Whitley (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei: Diceratiidae), with description of a new species from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. Copeia, 2004(1): 98-107. (4.5 mb .pdf file)


Pietsch, T. W., V. V. Bogatov, K. Amaoka, Y. N. Zhuravlev, V. Y. Barkalov, S. Gage, H. Takahashi, A. S. Lelej, S. Y. Storozhenko, N. Minakawa, D. J. Bennett, T. R. Anderson, M. Ôhara, L. A. Prozorova, Y. Kuwahara, S. K. Kholin, M. Yabe, D. E. Stevenson, and E. L. MacDonald. 2003. Biodiversity and biogeography of the islands of the Kuril Archipelago. Journal of Biogeography, 30(9): 1297-1310. (2.2 mb .pdf file)

Parenti, P., and T. W. Pietsch. 2003. Ostracion knorrii Walbaum, 1792, a senior synonym of the striated frogfishAntennarius striatus (Shaw and Nodder, 1794) invalidated by "reversal of precedence." Copeia, 2003(1):187-189. (370 kb .pdf file)


Bertelsen, E., and T. W. Pietsch. 2002. A new species of deep-sea anglerfish of the genus Gigantactis (Lophiiformes: Gigantactinidae) from the Western North Atlantic Ocean. Copeia, 2002(4):958-961. (408 kb .pdf file)