(Calcariidae; Ϯ Snow Bunting P. nivalis) Genus Plectrophanes Meyer, 1815, bunting; Gr. φεναξ phenax, φενακος phenakos imposter (i.e. replacement). Stejneger 1882, summarized his replacement of the generic term Plectrophanes for the Snow Bunting thus; “(1) BECHSTEIN’S Calcarius is the oldest name; (2) the type of this is Fr. lapponica LIN.; (3) MEYER’S Plectrophanes is merely a synonym of Calcarius, having the same type; (4) the same is the case with KAUP’S Centrophanes; (5) his Plectrophanes cannot be used for the genus having E. nivalis for type, because preoccupied as synonymous with Calcarius; (6) the genus which has E. nivalis for its type should be supplied with a new name, as no later name has been given. In order to make as little change as possible, I propose for it the name Plectrophenax.” 
Synon. HortulanusPasserina.

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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 10 December 2018).