Original description as Cichla cataractae:
- Sabaj Pérez, Mark H & Hernán López-Fernández, Stuart C.Willis, Devya D. Hemraj, Donald C. Taphorn, Kirk O. Winemiller. 2020. "Cichla cataractae (Cichliformes: Cichlidae), new species of peacock bass from the Essequibo Basin, Guyana and Venezuela". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. v. 167(n. 1), pp. 69-86. DOI: 10.1635/053.167.0106 (crc09634) (abstract)
Conservation: Cichla cataractae is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. All Cichla species populations are subject to an increasing sport angling pressure, which have decimated many populations or make large individuals rare, this has also changed aquatic food-web communities in many places, both where they are native or have been introduced (Winemiller, 2001:108).