Original description as Pelmatochromis batesii:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1901. "Description of a new fish of the family Cichlidae from the French Congo". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7), vol. 8: pp. 114-116 (crc00230)
Conservation: Benitochromis batesii is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2010).