Original description as Haplochromis lividus:
- Greenwood, Peter Humphry. 1956. "A Revision of the Lake Victoria Haplochromis species (Pisces, Cichlidae). Part I: H. obliquidens Hilgend., H. nigricans (Blgr.), H. nuchisquamulatus (Hilgend.) and H. lividus, sp. n.". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 4 (n. 5) pp. 223-244 (crc01425)
Conservation: Haplochromis lividus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2010). This species seems not extinct nor endangered, it has a wide distribution within the lake Victoria and seems protected from Nile perch predation by its habitat predilection.