Original description as Eretmodus cyanostictus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1898. "Report on the fishes recently obtained by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Tanganyika". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. vol. 3: pp. 494-497 (crc00006)
Conservation: Eretmodus cyanostictus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (NT) near threatened (2006). Major threats being water pollution, land agriculture and sedimentation.