Original description as Hemichromis bimaculatus:
- Gill, Theodore Nicholas. 1862. "On the West African genus Hemichromis and descriptions of new species in the museums of the Academy and Smithsonian Institution". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. v. 14, pp. 134-139 (crc01027)
- Hemichromis fugax Payne & Trewavas, 1976, with type locality at Kassewe Forest Reserve, Sierra Leone. Determiner: Paugy et al., 1990
Conservation: Hemichromis bimaculatus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010).