(syn. Ploceus Ϯ São Tomé Weaver P. sanctithomae) São Tomé or São Thomé, Gulf of Guinea; Gr. ὑφαντης huphantēs  weaver  < ὑφαινω huphainō  to weave; "This curious-looking Weaver is no doubt a member of the genus Ploceus in its widest sense, but it is very distinct from any other member of the genus. It was placed in Sycobius by Hartlaub, its original describer, and subsequently in Anaplectes, Heterhyphantes, and Sharpia (now Notiospiza) by Reichenbach, Sharpe, Reichenow, and Shelley. It cannot be claimed that it is related to any of these. The bill is long and slender, somewhat like that of Ploceus (Icteropsis) pelzelni; it has curious whitish tips to the coverts, forming a double bar, which remind one of Sharpia (Notiospiza), but in other respects it is quite unlike that rare Angolan species, and I see no other course, in spite of Dr. Hartert's remarks (Nov. Zool. xiv. 1907, p. 494), except to propose for it a new subgeneric name,  Thomasophantes, subgen. nov.,  with type Sycobius sancti-thomæ Hartl." (W. Sclater 1925). The aberrant São Tomé Weaver is a thin-billed bird with the behaviour of a nuthatch.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2019).