Original description as Metriaclima pambazuko:
- Stauffer, Jay Richard Jr. & K. Black & A.F. Konings. 2013. "Descriptions of five new species of Metriaclima (Teleostei: Cichlidae) from Lake Malaŵi, Africa". Zootaxa. v. 3647(n. 1), pp. 101-136 (crc05041) (abstract)
Conservation: Metriaclima pambazuko is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. M. pambazuko is not targeted by local fishermen and for the ornamental fish trade it was exported only a couple of times. I have not yet returned to Hongi and Lundo islands since 2004 so I have no firsthand account as to the population density of this species, but believe that there is no imminent threat.