Original description as Lamprologus cunningtoni:
- 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. Vol. 17, Part 6(1): pp. 537-619 (crc00004)
Conservation: Neolamprologus cunningtoni is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).