Original description as Notropis tropicus:
- Hubbs, Carl Leavitt & R.R. Miller. 1975. "Notropis tropicus, a new cyprinid fish from eastern Mexico". Southwestern Naturalist. v. 20(n. 1), pp. 121-131 (ffm00147)
Conservation: Notropis tropicus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.