Original description as Haplochromis squamipinnis:
- Regan, Charles Tate. 1921. "The cichlid fishes of Lakes Albert Edward and Kivu". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 9) v. 8; n. 48; pp. 632-639 (crc01023)
Conservation: Haplochromis squamipinnis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).