Original description as Genyochromis mento:
- Trewavas, Ethelwynn. 1935. "A Synopsis of the Cichlid Fishes of Lake Nyasa". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Series 10; pp. 65-118 (crc00118)
Conservation: Genyochromis mento is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. G. mento is one of the most common cichlids in Lake Malawi, but never found in large numbers for obvious reasons. There is no threat to its existence.