Original description as Julidochromis ornatus:
- 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. 3:494-497 (crc00006)
Conservation: Julidochromis ornatus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). The habitat is stable at the moment.