Sherman C. Bishop

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Sherman Chauncey Bishop (1887–1951) was a herpetologist and arachnologist from New York. He studied at Cornell University and, with Cyrus R. Crosby, gave the spruce-fir moss spider its scientific name.[1] His Handbook of Salamanders (1943) was the first serious and comprehensive treatment of North American salamanders since Cope (1889).

Bishop is commemorated in the scientific names of two species of salamanders: Ambystoma bishopi and Cryptobranchus bishopi.[2]


  • Bishop, Sherman C. (1943). Handbook of Salamanders: The Salamanders of the United States, and of Lower California. Ithaca and London: Comstock Publishing Assosciates, a division of Cornell University Press. 508 pp.


  1. ^ Grobman, Arnold B. (1952-09-26). "Sherman C. Bishop, 1887-1951". Copeia. 1952 (3): 127–128. JSTOR 1439691. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Exeter, England: Pelagic Publishing Ltd. xiii + 262 pp. ISBN 978-1-907807-41-1. ("Bishop", pp. 23-24).