Original description as Gobiomorus polylepis:
- Ginsburg, Isaac. 1953. "Ten new American gobioid fishes in the United States National Museum, including additions to a revision of Gobionellus". Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. 43(1):18-26 (ffm00396)
Conservation: Gobiomorus polylepis is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.