(Thraupidae; Ϯ St Lucia Blackfinch M. richardsoni) Gr. μελας melas, μελανος melanos black; σπιζα spiza finch < σπιζω spizō to chirp; "Geospiza. This heteromorphic genus is of very uncertain relationship. Some of the species resemble somewhat the Central American genus Cyanoloxia, but perhaps still more the West Indian genus Melanospiza,2 ... 2 Melanospiza, Ridgway, new genus. Type, Loxigilla richardsoni, Cory. Generic characters.-- Similar to Geospiza, Gould (size of type intermediate between G. fortis and G. fuliginosa), but tail relatively much longer and wing much more rounded (first quill shorter than seventh); mandible relatively broader basally (basal width considerably exceeding length of gonys); culmen quite straight, and mandibular rami much narrower. Coloration: Adult male wholly deep black, except legs and feet, which are brownish white. (Female and young unknown.)" (Ridgway 1897).