Original description as Gephyrochromis lawsi:
- Fryer, Geoffrey. 1957. "A new species of Gephyrochromis (Pisces: Cichlidae) from Lake Nyasa, with notes on its ecology and affinities". Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines. v. 55 (3-4); pp. 347-352 (crc01049)
Conservation: Gephyrochromis lawsi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).