Original description as Goodea whitei:
- Meek, Seth Eugene. 1904. "The fresh-water fishes of Mexico north of the isthmus of Tehuantepec". Field Columbian Museum Publication. 1-252 (ffm00159)
- Ilyodon cortesae Paulo-Maya & Trujillo-Jiménez, 2000, with type locality at Manantiales de Cutzaróndiro, 13.1 kilometers southwest of río San Juan Tacámbaro, 19°10'42. Determiner: Beltrán-Lopez et al., 2017
Conservation: Ilyodon whitei is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (1996).