Original description as Lamprologus callipterus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1906. "Fourth Contribution to the Ichthyology of Lake Tanganyika - Report on the collection of fishes made by Dr. W. A. Cunnington during the third Tanganyika Expedition, 1904-1905". Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. Vol. 17, Part 6(1): pp. 537-619 (crc00004)
- Lamprologus reticulatus Boulenger , 1906, with type locality at Vua, Zaire [Democratic Republic of Congo], Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Poll, 1946
- Julidochromis elongatus Steindachner, 1909, with type locality at Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Konings, 1988
- Lamprologus modestus nyassae Borodin , 1936, with type locality at Mwaya, Lake Malawi, Tanzania. Determiner: Trewavas, 1946
Conservation: exLamprologus callipterus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). exLamprologus callipterus is a very common cichlid that is too small to be of interest to most fishermen on Lake Tanganyika. Because of its lake-wide distribution there is no threat anticipated other than such that would threaten the entire fauna of the lake.