Original description as Pelmatochromis pulcher:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1901. "On the fishes collected by Dr. W. J. Ansorge in the Niger Delta". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. vol. 1: pp 4-10 (crc00039)
Conservation: Pelvicachromis pulcher is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2019). P. pulcher is not threatened nor endangered.