Original description as Notropis garmani:
- Jordan, David Starr. 1885. "A catalogue of the fishes known to inhabit the waters of North America, north of the Tropic of Cancer, with notes on species discovered in 1883 and 1884". United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries, Report of the Commissioner. v. 13, pp. 789-973 (ffm00107)
- Cyprinella rubripinna Garman, 1881, with type locality at Lago del Muerto, near Parras, 25°25'N, 102°11'W, Coahuila, Mexico. Determiner: Mayden, 1989
Conservation: Cyprinella garmani is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.