Original description as Moniana rutila:
- 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. 8:165-213 (ffm04542)
- Moniana gracilis Girard, 1856, with type locality at Acapulco, near Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Determiner: Mayden, 1989
- Cliola montiregis Cope, 1885, with type locality at Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Determiner: Mayden, 1989
Conservation: Cyprinella rutila is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.