Original description as Neolamprologus ventralis:
- Büscher, Heinz H.. 1995. "Ein neuer Cichlide aus dem Tanganjikasee. Neolamprologus ventralis n. sp. (Cichlidae, Lamprologini)". Die Aquarien- und Terrarien-Zeitschrift (DATZ). v. 48 (n. 6) pp. 379-382 (crc00226)
Conservation: Neolamprologus ventralis is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Due to the depth at which this species is found, as well as its limited appeal in the hobby, it is unlikely that this species will be affected by over collecting.