Original description as Perissodus microlepis:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1898. "Report on the fishes recently obtained by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Tanganyika". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. vol. 3: pp. 494-497 (crc00006)
- Perissodus burgeoni David, 1936, with type locality at Nyanza, Burundi, Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Poll, 1956
- Perissodus gracilis Myers , 1936, with type locality at Kigoma, Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Determiner: Poll, 1956
Conservation: Perissodus microlepis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Perissodus microlepis is a very common cichlid in several types of habitat and is not threatened by overfishing or otherwise.