Original description as Crenicichla frenata:
- Gill, Theodore Nicholas. 1858. "Synopsis of the fresh water fishes of the western portion of the island of Trinidad, West Indies". Annals of the Lyceum of Natural History of New York. v. 6, pp. 363-430 (crc00100)
Conservation: Crenicichla frenata is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.