Original description as Icthelis megalotis:
- Rafinesque, Constantine Samuel. 1820. "Ichthyologia Ohiensis [Part 3]". Western Revue and Miscellaneous Magazine. v. 2(n. 1), pp. 49-57 (ffm00334)
Conservation: Lepomis megalotis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018).