Original description as Theraps wesseli:
- Miller, Robert Rush. 1996. "Theraps wesseli, a new species of cichlid fish from the Caribbean slope of northern Honduras". Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. (44); 10 (#484); pp. 179-183 (crc00058)
Conservation: Chortiheros wesseli is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.