Original description as Eleotris latifrons:
- Richardson, John. 1844. "Ichthyology.--Part 1". The zoology of the voyage of H. M. S. Sulphur, under the command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, R. N., C. B., F. R. G. S., etc., during the years 1836-42, No. 5 (ffm00394)
- Hemieleotris carmenensis Nichols, 1952, with type locality at Carmen Island, Gulf of California, Mexico. Determiner: Reis et al., 2003
- Dormitator latifrons mexicanus Ginsburg, 1953, with type locality at Cape San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico. Determiner: Castro-Aguirre et al., 1999
Conservation: Dormitator latifrons is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010).