Original description as Haplochromis pyrrhocephalus:
- Witte, Frans & E. L. M. Witte-Maas. 1987. "Implications for taxonomy and functional morphology of intraspecific variation in Haplochromine cichlids of Lake Victoria with descriptions of five zooplanktivorous species". From form to fishery: an ecological and taxonomical contribution to morphology and fishery of Lake Victoria cichlids (crc01275)
Conservation: Haplochromis pyrrhocephalus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010).