Original description as Heterogramma commbrae:
- Regan, Charles Tate. 1906. "Revision of the South-American cichlid genera Retroculus, Geophagus, Heterogramma, and Biotoecus". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7) v. 17: pp. 49-66 (crc00341)
- Hetereogramma corumbae Eigenmann & Ward, 1907, with type locality at Corumbá, Rio Paraguay, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Determiner: Kullander, 2003
Conservation: Apistogramma commbrae is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.