Original description as Haplotaxodon microlepis:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1906. "Fourth Contribution to the Ichthyology of Lake Tanganyika - Report on the collection of fishes made by Dr. W. A. Cunnington during the third Tanganyika Expedition, 1904-1905". Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. Vol. 17, Part 6(1): pp. 537-619. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1905.tb000 (crc00004)
Conservation: Haplotaxodon 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).