Original description as Alticorpus mentale:
- Stauffer, Jay Richard Jr. & K.R. McKaye. 1988. "Description of a genus and three deep water species of fishes (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa". Copeia. v. 1988(n. 2), pp. 441-449 (crc00218) (abstract)
Conservation: Alticorpus mentale is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).