Original description as Cyrtocara liemi:
- McKaye, Kenneth R. & C. Mackenzie. 1982. "Cyrtocara liemi, a previously undescribed paedophagous cichlid fish (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. v. 95 (n. 2); pp. 398-402 (crc00967) (abstract)
Conservation: Caprichromis liemi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Caprichromis liemi is a rather rare cichlid but since it occurs all over the lake it is indeed least threatened in its existence.