Original description as Zoogoneticus tequila:
- Webb, Shane & R.R. Miller. 1998. "Zoogoneticus tequila, a new goodeid fish (Cyprinodontiformes) from the Ameca drainage of Mexico, and a rediagnosis of the genus". Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan. (n. 725), pp. 1-23 (ffm04537)
Conservation: Zoogoneticus tequila is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2009).