Original description as Skiffia lermae:
- Meek, Seth Eugene. 1902. "A contribution to the ichthyology of Mexico". Field Columbian Museum Publication. 3(6):63-128 (ffm00269)
- Skiffia variegata Meek, 1902, with type locality at Zirahuén Lake, Michoacan, Mexico. Determiner: Regan, 1906
Conservation: Skiffia lermae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2018).