Original description as Campostoma ornatum:
- Girard, Charles Frederic. 1856. "Researches upon the cyprinoid fishes inhabiting the fresh waters of the United States, west of the Mississippi Valley, from specimens in the museum of the Smithsonian Institution". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. v. 8, pp. 165-213 (ffm04542)
- Campostoma pricei Jordan & Thoburn, 1896, with type locality at Rucker Canyon, Chiricahua Mtsouthern, Yaqui River drainage, Cochise County, southern Arizona, U.S.A. Determiner: Gilbert, 1998
Conservation: Campostoma ornatum is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.