Original description as Telmatochromis bifrenatus:
- Myers, George S. 1938. "Report on the fishes collected by H. C. Raven in Lake Tanganyika in 1920". Proceeding of the United States National Museum. vol. 84 (n. 2998) (1936); pp. 1-15 (crc00232)
Conservation: Telmatochromis bifrenatus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).