Original description as Heros spilurus:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1862. "Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Acanthopterygii, Pharyngognathi and Anacanthini in the collection of the British Museum". Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum London. Vol 4; i-xxi + 1-534 (crc00035)
- Cichlasoma spinosissimum var. immaculata Pellegrin, 1904, with type locality at Río Polochic, Guatemala (Atlantic Slope. Determiner: Schmitter-Soto, 2007
Conservation: Cryptoheros spilurus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2020). Not listed in the Mexican Official Norm NOM-059-ECOL-2001.