Original description as Thyrina crystallina:
- Jordan, David Starr. 1895. "The fishes of Sinaloa". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. v. 5, pp. 377-514 (ffm00034)
- Thyrina evermanni Jordan & Culver, 1895, with type locality at Estuary at Mazatlán, Sinaloa, western Mexico. Determiner: Chernoff, 1986
Conservation: Atherinella crystallina is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (NT) near threatened (2010).