Original description as Amiurus meridionalis:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1864. "Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Siluridae, Characinidae, Haplochitonidae, Sternoptychidae, Scopelidae, Stomiatidae in the collection of the British Museum". Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. v. 5, pp. 1-455 (ffm00226)
Conservation: Ictalurus meridionalis is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.