Original description as Pelmatochromis congicus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1897. "Descriptions of new fishes from the upper Congo II". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 6); v. 20; n. 119; pp. 422-427 (crc01179)
Conservation: Pterochromis congicus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2009).