Original description as Crenicichla coppenamensis:
- Ploeg, Alex. 1987. "Review of the cichlid genus Crenicichla Heckel, 1840 from Surinam, with descriptions of three new species (Pisces, Perciformes, Cichlidae)". Beaufortia. v. 37; n. 5; pp. 73-98 (crc01175)
Conservation: Crenicichla coppenamensis is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.