Original description as Citharichthys gilberti:
- Jenkins, O.P. & B.W. Evermann, Barton Warren. 1889. "Description of eighteen new species of fishes from the Gulf of California". Proceeding of the United States National Museum. 11(698):137-158 (ffm00454)
- Citharichthys sumichrasti Jordan, 1889, with type locality at Río Zanatenco, Chiapas, Mexico. Determiner: van der Heiden et al., 1995
Conservation: Citharichthys gilberti is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010).