Original description as Chirostoma promelas:
- Jordan, David Starr & J. O. Snyder. 1899. "Notes on a collection of fishes from the rivers of Mexico, with description of twenty new species". Bulletin of the U.S. Fish Commission. v. 19, pp. 115-147 (ffm00041)
Conservation: Chirostoma promelas is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2018).