Smith and Dyar

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Wed Jun 16 07:23:36 EDT 1999

While we're on names, does anyone know the "real" story....

I read years ago that Dyar names a creature "corpulentis" after his 
"enemy" John B. Smith who was of rotund dimension. 

Smith is said to have responded by naming something "dyaria". I always 
used this as an example, but recently read an article which said that 
was not true. 

I hate to lose a good story, particularly because Smith was quite a 
legend around Rutgers, a mere century ago.

Mike Gochfeld

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