Original description as Melanochromis wochepa:
- Konings-Dudin, Gertrud & A. Konings & J. R. Stauffer Jr. 2009. "Descriptions of three new species of Melanochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) and a redescription of M. vermivorus". Zootaxa. 2076: 37-59 (crc01584) (abstract)
Conservation: Melanochromis wochepa is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Melanochromis wochepa is rather common in its distribution and not threatened by over-fishing.