Original description as Dorosoma smithi:
- Hubbs, Carl Leavitt & R.R. Miller. 1941. "Dorosoma smithi, the first known gizzard shad from the Pacific drainage of middle America". Copeia. 1941(4):232-238 (ffm00356)
Conservation: Dorosoma smithi is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.