Original description as Lamprologus dhonti:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1919. "On a collection of fishes from Lake Tanganyika, with descriptions of three new species". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. v. 89(1-2); pp. 17-20 (crc00235)
- Julidochromis macrolepis Borodin , 1931, with type locality at Lake Tanganyika at Ujiji, Kigoma, Tanzania. Determiner: Hanssens et al., 2001
- Telmatochromis caninus Poll, 1942, with type locality at Nyanza, Burundi, Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Poll, 1986
Conservation: Telmatochromis dhonti is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).