Original description as Haplochromis venustus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1908. "Diagnoses of new fishes discovered by Capt. E. L. Rhoades in Lake Nyassa". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 8) pp. 238-243 (crc00068)
Conservation: Nimbochromis venustus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).