Original description as Chirostoma beryllinum:
- Cope, Edward D. 1867. "Supplement on some new species of American and African fishes". Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. 13(13):400-407 (ffm00520)
Conservation: Menidia beryllina is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018).