Original description as Pseudotropheus socolofi:
- Johnson, Donald. 1974. "Three new cichlids from Lake Malawi". Today's Aquarist. 1 (3); p 2 (crc00064)
Conservation: Chindongo socolofi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018). Chindongo socolofi is a common species in its native range which is spread out over a fairly large part of the central Mozambique coast which covers a shoreline of about 30 km. The species is too small to have any importance for local fishermen.