Original description as Chromis fenestrata:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1860. "On new reptiles and fishes from Mexico". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 27(1860), pp:316-319 (crc00026)
- Heros parma Günther, 1862, with type locality at Mexico and Guatemala. Determiner: Paepke et al., 2014
- Cichlosoma gadovii Regan, 1905, with type locality at Motozorongo, Mexico. Determiner: Taylor et al., 1980
- Cichlosoma sexfasciatum Regan, 1905, with type locality at Mexico. Determiner: Stawikowski et al., 1985
Conservation: Vieja fenestrata is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Given the very large range of Vieja fenestrata and the relative stability of many of the locales where it dwells, there is currently little concern about the future of this species.