Original description as Mugil monticola:
- Griffith, E & C.H. Smith. 1834. "The class Pisces, arranged by the Baron Cuvier, with supplementary additions, by Edward Griffith, F.R.S., and Lieut.-Col. Charles Hamilton Smith, F.R". The animal kingdom, arranged in conformity with its organization, by the Baron Cuvier, member of the Institute of France, with supplementary additions to each order, by Edward Griffith and others (2nd edition). pp. 1-680 (ffm04541)
Conservation: Agonostomus monticola is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2019).