Original description as Haplochromis michaeli:
- Trewavas, Ethelwynn. 1928. "Descriptions of five new cichlid fishes of the genus Haplochromis from Lake Victoria". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Series 10; pp. 93-95 (crc00362)
Conservation: Haplochromis michaeli is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2010).