Oryginalny opis jako Haplochromis cryptogramma:
- Greenwood, Peter Humphry & J. M. Gee. 1969. "A revision of the Lake Victoria Haplochromis species (Pisces, Cichlidae), part VII". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 18; n. 1; pp. 1-65 (crc01014)
Ochrona: Haplochromis cryptogramma jest wpisany prez Międzynarodową Unię Ochrony Przyrody do Czerwonej Księgi Gatunków Zagrożonych IUCN jako (DD) Brak danych (2010). We don't have data about the survival of this species in the Nile Perch Era, perhaps some found refugia against predation by the Nile Perch but nothing is known, as no records for this species have been made since its discovery. No collection has been reported from its reported distribution, so its seems logical to think that it may be endangered or extinct in the lake.