Original description as Metriaclima sciasma:
- Ciccotto, Patrick J. & A. Konings, J.R. Stauffer. 2011. "Descriptions of five new species in the genus Metriaclima (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi, Africa". Zootaxa. v. 2011(n. 2738), pp. 1–25 (crc02837) (abstract)
Conservation: Metriaclima sciasma is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Metriaclima sciasma is in many places encountered in large numbers, this, combined with its relatively large distribution area and the fact that it lives in close proximity to rocks, prevents it from being over-fished.