Original description as Telmatochromis brachygnathus:
- Hanssens, Mark & Snoeks. 2003. "A new species and geographical variation in the Telmatochromis temporalis complex (Teleostei, Cichlidae) from Lake Tanganyika". Journal of Fish Biology. 63; pp. 593-616 (crc00233)
Conservation: Telmatochromis brachygnathus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).