Original description as Hemitaeniochromis brachyrhynchus:
- Oliver, Michael K.. 2012. "Hemitaeniochromis brachyrhynchus, a new species of cichlid fish from Lake Malaŵi, with comments on some other supposed members of the genus (Teleostei: Cichlidae)". Zootaxa. (n. 3410), pp. 35-50 (crc04509) (abstract)
Conservation: Hemitaeniochromis brachyrhynchus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. . Known from two localities 270 km apart, one of which (Thumbi Island West) is in a nominally protected area.