Original description as Biotodoma trifasciatus:
- Eigenmann, Carl H & C. H. Kennedy. 1903. "On a collection of fishes from Paraguay, with a synopsis of the American genera of cichlids". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (crc00070)
- Heterogramma trifasciatum maciliense Haseman, 1911, with type locality at São Antonio de Guaporé, Amazonas, Brazil. Determiner: Kullander, 1983
Conservation: Apistogramma trifasciata is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.