Original description as Crenicichla ternetzi:
- Norman, J. R.. 1926. "Descriptions of nine new freshwater fishes from French Guiana and Brazil". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Series 9) v. 18 (n. 103): pp. 91-97 (crc01643)
Conservation: Crenicichla ternetzi is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.