Original description as Mugil proboscideus:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1861. "Catalogue of the acanthopterygian fishes in the collection of the British Museum. Gobiidae, Discoboli, Pediculati, Blenniidae, Labyrinthici, Mugilidae, Notacanthi". Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. 3:1-586 (ffm00410)
Conservation: Chaenomugil proboscideus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010).