Original description as Centropomus viridis:
- Lockington, William Neale. 1877. "Notes on some California marine fishes, with description of a new species". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 1). 7:83-88, 108-110 (ffm00555)
Conservation: Centropomus viridis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018).