Original description as Cyprinodon maya:
- Humphries, Julian & R.R. Miller. 1981. "A remarkable species flock of pupfishes, genus Cyprinodon, from Yucatán, Mexico". Copeia. v. 1981(n. 1), pp. 52-64 (ffm00180) (abstract)
Conservation: Cyprinodon maya is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (1996). The negative impact of exotic species on the Lake Chichancanab Cyprinodon fauna has been documented by Strecker (2006).