This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International.
Dendropicos goertae and D. spodocephalus (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) were previously placed in the genus Mesopicos and lumped as M. goertae following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993). Prior to that they had been placed in Dendropicos and split as D. goertae and D. spodocephalus following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Mesopicos goertae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2016.