Original description as Cichlasoma zonatum:
- Meek, Seth Eugene. 1905. "A collection of fishes from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 18; pp. 243-246 (crc00253)
Conservation: Vieja zonata is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.