Original description as Sciaenochromis benthicola:
- Konings, Ad. 1993. "A revision of the genus Sciaenochromis Eccles & Trewavas, 1989 (Pisces, Cichlidae)". The Cichlids Yearbooks. v. 3, pp. 28-36 (crc00848) (abstract)
Conservation: Sciaenochromis benthicola is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018).