Original description as Cyprinodon arcuatus:
- Minckley, Wendell L & R.R. Miller & S.M. Norris. 2002. "Three new pupfish species, Cyprinodon (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae), from Chihuahua, México, and Arizona, USA". Copeia. v. 2002(n. 3), pp. 687-705 (ffm00171) (abstract)
Conservation: Cyprinodon arcuatus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Reported extinct in 1971 by Burkhead (2012).