Original description as Haplochromis nigripinnis:
- 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 nigripinnis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). The status of the species seems not critical nor endangered in the wild.