Original description as Haplochromis planus:
- Vranken, Nathan & M. Van Steenberge, J. Snoeks. 2019. "Similar ecology, different morphology: Three new species of oral-mollusc shellers from Lake Edward". Journal of Fish Biology. pp. 1–16 (crc09510) (abstract)
Conservation: Haplochromis planus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.