Original description as Amatitlania kanna:
- Schmitter-Soto, Juan Jacobo. 2007. "A systematic revision of the genus Archocentrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae), with the description of two new genera and six new species". Zootaxa. n. 1603, pp. 1-78 (crc01457) (abstract)
Conservation: Amatitlania kanna is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2019).