Original description as Copadichromis azureus:
- Konings, Ad. 1990. "Descriptions of Six New Malawi Cichlids". Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. 38 (11): pp. 110-129 (crc00111)
Conservation: Copadichromis azureus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Although the waters around the Mbenji islands are heavily fished for utaka, C. azureus does not seem to be affected as it lives in close proximity of the rocky substrate at relative deep levels. The largest threat possibly comes from the ornamental fish trade that collects this species on a regular basis because it belongs to one of the more colorful utaka that retains its brilliant coloration in captivity.