Original description as Haplochromis paropius:
- Greenwood, Peter Humphry & J. M. Gee. 1969. "A revision of the Lake Victoria Haplochromis species (Pisces, Cichlidae), part VII". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 18; n. 1; pp. 1-65 (crc01014)
Conservation: Haplochromis paropius is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010).