Original description as Geophagus steindachneri:
- Eigenmann, Carl H. 1922. "The fishes of western South America, Part I. The fresh-water fishes of northwestern South America, including Colombia, Panama, and the Pacific slopes of Ecuador and Peru, together with an appendix upon the fishes of the Rio Meta in Colombia". Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum. vol. 9 (n. 1): pp. 1-346 (crc00283)
- Geophagus hondae Regan , 1912, with type locality at Río Magdalena at Honda, Colombia. Determiner: Galvis et al., 1997
- Geophagus magdalena Brind , 1943, with type locality at Lake at El Banco, Colombia. Determiner: Gosse, 1976
Conservation: Geophagus steindachneri is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.