Original description as Bathybates minor:
- 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. pp. 537-619 (crc00004)
Conservation: Bathybates minor is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Widespread distribution so the localized threats identified are unlikely to impact on the entire population.