Original description as Docimodus evelynae:
- Eccles, David H. & D.S.C. Lewis. 1976. "A revision of the genus Docimodus Boulenger (Pisces: Cichlidae), a group of fishes with unusual feeding habits from Lake Malawi". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. v. 58(n. 2), pp. 165-172 (crc01277)
Conservation: Docimodus evelynae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).