Original description as Pelmatochromis roloffi:
- Thys van den Audenaerde, Dirk F.E.. 1968. "Description of a new Pelmatochromis (Pisces, Cichlidae) from Sierra Leone". Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines. 77 (3-4); p 349-391 (crc00037)
Conservation: Pelvicachromis roloffi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (NT) near threatened (2010). This species is not listed as threatened in any way. There is very little information about this species in Sierra Leone and Liberia, however, so we should not rule out possible problems in those nations.