Original reference as:
- Konings, Ad. 1989. "Malawi cichlids in their natural habitat". Verduijn Cichlids, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 303 pp (crc01495)
Conservation: Protomelas sp. 'spilonotus likoma' is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. P. sp. 'spilonotus likoma' has rarely been collected for the ornamental fish trade because the population density is very low and, since they feed in the water column, are not easy to catch. Because they live in close proximity of rocks they are protected from fishermen with nets but as they prefer to feed on items fallen into the water they may be vulnerable to "attacks" of items having a fishhook attached to it. Fortunately there aren't many hook-and-line fishermen operating in the preferred habitat of P. sp. 'spilonotus likoma'.