Original description as Apistogramma pantalone:
- Römer, Uwe & P. Pretor & I. Hahn. 2006. "Apistogramma pantalone sp. n. - description of a geophagine dwarf cichlid (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the north of Peru". Cichlid Atlas 2: Natural History of South American Dwarf Cichlids – Volume 2. pp. 524-567 (crc01416)
Conservation: Apistogramma pantalone is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2016). Considering the small known distribution area the species should be considered as vulnerable, currently no direct threats are known.