Original description as Hemichromis subocellatus:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1872. "Report on several collections of fishes recently obtained for the British Museum". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1871, pp:652-675 (crc00040)
Conservation: Pelvicachromis subocellatus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2010).