Original description as Notropis bocagrande:
- Chernoff, Barry & R.R. Miller. 1982. "Notropis bocagrande, a new cyprinid fish from Chihuahua, Mexico, with comments on Notropis formosus". Copeia. v. 1982(n. 3), pp. 514-522 (ffm00105)
Conservation: Cyprinella bocagrande is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.