(syn. Mergellus Ϯ Smew M. albellus) Doubtless from specific name Mergus albellus Linnaeus, 1758 (see albellus); "Pied Smew.  Piette blanche, - Weisse Albelle.   Albellus maculosus, Wood" (Wood 1837).  Var. Albella.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 December 2018).