Original description as Chirostoma peninsulae:
- Goode, George B & T.H. Bean. 1879. "Catalogue of a collection of fishes sent from Pensacola, Florida, and vicinity, by Mr. Silas Stearns, with descriptions of six new species". Proceeding of the United States National Museum. 2(74):121-156 (ffm00530)
Conservation: Menidia peninsulae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018).