Original description as Rhamdia reddelli:
- Miller, Robert Rush. 1984. "Rhamdia reddelli, new species, the first blind pimelodid catfish from Middle America, with a key to the Mexican species". Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History. v. 20(n. 8), pp. 135-144 (ffm00488)
- Rhamdia zongolicensis Wilkens, 1993, with type locality at Cueva del Ostoc, Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz state. Determiner: Miller, 2006
Conservation: Rhamdia reddelli is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2019).