Original description as Brevoortia patronus:
- Goode, George B. 1878. "A revision of the American species of the genus Brevoortia, with a description of a new species from the Gulf of Mexico". Proceeding of the United States National Museum. 1(15):30-42 (ffm00352)
Conservation: Brevoortia patronus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.