Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
(Tityridae; Ϯ Elegant Mourner L. elegans) Genus Lanius Linnaeus, 1758, shrike; Gr. σωμα sōma, σωματος sōmatos body. The Elegant Mourner or Elegant Laniisoma was formerly known as the Shrike-like Cotinga; "31. Genus, LANIISOMA. Bill as in Pachycephala, but longer; the front, nostrils, and rictus strongly defended by diverging bristles. Wings long, the third quill longest. Tail rather short, slightly rounded, the feathers mucronate. Tarsi moderate, longer than the hind toe. Toes sub-syndactyle; lateral toes nearly equal; middle toe shorter than the hallux. Claws slender, lengthened, fully curved. Type. — L. arcuatum (Lanius arcuatus, MUS. PAR.)" (Swainson 1831); "Laniisoma Swainson, 1832, in Swainson and Richardson, Fauna Bor.-Amer., 2 (1831), p. 492. Type, by original designation,1 L. arcuatum ("Lanius arcuatus Mus. Paris") = Ampelis elegans Thunberg. ... 1 The specific name is available here, though antedated, through the generic description. Cf. Opinion 43 of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature." (Snow in Peters 1979, VIII, 282).
Synon. Collurampelis, Ptilochloris.