Original description as Haplochromis urotaenia:
- Regan, Charles Tate. 1922. "The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Nyassa". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1921(pt 4)36; 675-727 (crc00066)
Conservation: Hemitaeniochromis urotaenia is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018).