Original description as Paretroplus tsimoly:
- Stiassny, Melanie & P. Chakrabarty & P.V. Loiselle. 2001. "Relationships of the Madagascan cichlid genus Paretroplus, with description of a new species from the Betsiboka River drainage of northwestern Madagascar". Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters. v. 12 (n. 1), pp 29-40 (crc00326) (abstract)
Conservation: Paretroplus tsimoly is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2016).