(syn. Dinopium Ϯ Olive-backed Woodpecker D. rafflesii) Gr. μεσος mesos  middle; σπιλος spilos  spot; "TRIBUS 17. Pici mesospili.  ...  Remiges nigræ, maculis paucis albis (fere ut in Picis plerisque); sed maculæ internæ in medio pogonii int. sitæ, nec marginales, quod huic sp. fere peculiare. (Indeque nomen hujus Tribus petitum est).  ...  Synopsis subgenerum Pici.   ...   Tr. 17. 25.  Mesospilus dicendus (rafflesii)" (Sundevall 1866); "Mesospilus Sundevall, Consp. Av. Picinarum, 1866, p. 116. Type, by monotypy, Picus rafflesii Vigors." (Peters 1948, VI, 143).

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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 19 December 2018).