Original description as Otopharynx spelaeotes:
- Cleaver, Rachel M & Adrianus F. Konings & Jay R. Stauffer, Jr. 2009. "Two new cave-dwelling cichlids of Lake Malawi, Africa". Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters. v. 20 (no. 2); pp. 163-178 (crc01850) (abstract)
Conservation: Otopharynx spelaeotes is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Since Otopharynx spelaeotes lives in rocky caves and is not a voracious predator, it is not threatened by over-fishing.