Original description as Crenicichla notophthalmus:
- Regan, Charles Tate. 1913. "A synopsis of the cichlid fishes of the genus Crenicichla". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Series 8) v. 11 (no. 65): pp. 498-504 (crc01641)
Conservation: Crenicichla notophthalmus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.