Original description as Heros nigrofasciatus:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1867. "On the fishes of the states of Central America, founded upon specimens collected in fresh and marine waters of various parts of that country by Messrs. Salvin and Godman and Capt. J. M. Dow". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1866, pp. 600-604 (crc00014)
- Amatitlania coatepeque Schmitter-Soto, 2007, with type locality at North shore of island in Lake Coatepeque, El Salvador. Determiner: McMahan et al., 2014
Conservation: Amatitlania nigrofasciata is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2019). Amatitlania nigrofasciata has been widely introduced in many countries outside its natural range.