Original description as Pimelodus lupus:
- Girard, Charles Frederic. 1858. "Fishes". General report upon zoology of the several Pacific railroad routes, 1857. pp. 1-400 (ffm00231)
Conservation: Ictalurus lupus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (1996).