Synonymized (inversely) with Oxyambulyx subocellata by Rothschild & Jordan, 1903, Novit. zool. 9 (suppl.): 206. Transferred to Oxyambulyx (as Oxyambulyx subocellata) by Rothschild & Jordan, 1903, Novit. zool. 9 (suppl.): 194 (key), 206. Transferred to Ambulyx by Holloway, 1987, Moths of Borneo 3: 132. Ambulyx moorei was re-established as the correct name for this taxon by Kitching & Spitzer, 1995, Tinea 14: 178. Erroneously transferred implicitly to Oxyambulyx (as Oxyambulyx subocellata) by Zhu & Wang, 1997, Fauna Sinica Insecta 11: 224 (key), 229. Implicitly returned to Ambulyx by Kitching & Cadiou, 2000, Hawkmoths of the world: 38.
A Boisduval manuscript name in the collection of the East India Company Museum first published by Moore in synonymy with Ambulyx substrigilis. Walker, 1865, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 31: 29, listed Ambulyx moorei as a species but did not give a description and so the name remained a nomen nudum. Butler, 1875, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1875: 10, first treated Ambulyx moorei as an available name and adopted it as the name of a species, thereby making the name available (ICZN, Article 11.6.1).