Original reference as:
- Snoeks, Jos & M. Hanssens. 2004. "Identification guidelines to other non-mbuna". The Cichlid Diversity of Lake Malawi, Identification, Distribution and Taxonomy. p. 309 (crc01222)
Conservation: Sciaenochromis sp. 'spilostichus deep-water' is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.