William D. Anderson Jr.

Professor Emeritus, College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9182
E-mail: andersonwd@cofc.edu


Ph.D., 1960, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Systematics of fishes and history of biology

Current and planned research projects

  • Systematics of fishes: Symphysanodontidae (slopefishes) -- worldwide; Anthiinae (anthiine seabasses, family Serranidae) -- Atlantic and eastern Pacific; Callanthiidae (splendid perches) -- worldwide; Lutjanidae (snappers) --worldwide
  • History of biology: history of natural history investigations in South Carolina; history of the evolution-creationism controversy


  • Anderson, W. D., Jr. 2018. Annotated checklist of anthiadine fishes Percoidei: Serranidae. Zootaxa, 4475(1), pp. 1-62.
  • Anderson, W. D., Jr., G. D. Johnson, and A. Nonaka. 2018. Review of the Groppos, Grammatonotus (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 47-80.
  • Anderson, W. D., Jr., C. C. Baldwin, A. Carvalho-Filho, and T. Vaske Júnior. 2017. Redescription of the Jeweled Gemfish, Anthias asperilinguis (Serranidae: Anthiadinae), with comments on its ontogeny, phylogeny, and ecology. aqua,International Journal of Ichthyology, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 73-95.  
  • Anderson, W. D., Jr. and G. D. Johnson. 2017. Two new species of callanthiid fishes of the genus Grammatonotus (Percoidei: Callanthiidae) from Pohnpei, western Pacific.  Zootaxa 4243(1), pp. 187-194.
  • Anderson, W.D., Jr., G.D. Johnson, and C.C. Baldwin. 2015. Review of the splendid perches, Callanthias (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 105, Part 3. American Philosophical Society Press, Philadelphia, pp. i-xxii + 1-126, Plates 1-8, Figures 1-23, Tables 1-20, Maps 1-5.
  • Anderson, W.D., Jr. 2014. The plates in Holbrook's Ichthyology of South Carolina, 1860. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, Vl. 20, No. 4, pp. 173-218, fig. 1, pls. I-XXX.
  • Anderson, W. D., Jr., and P. C. Heemstra.  2012.  Review of Atlantic and eastern Pacific anthiine fishes (Teleostei: Perciformes: Serranidae), with descriptions of two new genera. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 102, Part 2.  American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, pp. i-xviii + 1-173, Figs. 1-32, Tables 1-8, Maps 1-12.
  • Anderson, W. D., Jr., and V. G. Springer. 2005. Review of the perciform fish genus Symphysanodon (Symphysanodontidae), with descriptions of three new species, S.monaS. parini, and S. rhax. Zootaxa, 996, pp. 1-44.
  • Anderson, W. D., Jr. 2002. Andrew C. Moore's "Evolution Once More": The evolution-creationism controversy from an early 1920s perspective. Bulletin Alabama Museum of Natural History, No. 22, pp. iii-iv + 1-35.
  • Sanders, A. E., and W. D. Anderson, Jr. 1999. Natural history investigations in South Carolina from colonial times to the present. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia. xl + 333 pp.