Original description as Cichlasoma tuba:
- Meek, Seth Eugene. 1912. "New species of fishes from Costa Rica". Field Columbian Museum Publication. v.10(n. 7), pp. 69-75 (crc00142)
- Tomocichla underwoodi Regan, 1908, with type locality at Río Iroquois, Costa Rica. Determiner: Meek, 1914
Conservation: Tomocichla tuba is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2019). The habitat remain relatively stable with many area in pristine conditions, so the risk to this species is low at the present time.