Original description as Aplesion pottsii:
- Girard, Charles Frederic. 1859. "Ichthyological notices". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 11:113-122 (ffm04560)
- Etheostoma micropterus Gilbert, 1890, with type locality at Chihuahua, Mexico. Determiner: Page, 1983
Conservation: Etheostoma pottsi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (1996).