Original description as Paratilapia macrops:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1898. "Report on the fishes recently obtained by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Tanganyika". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. vol. 3: pp. 494-497 (crc00006)
- Pelmatochromis xenotilapiaformis Borodin, 1931, with type locality at Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Trewavas, 1946
- Tylochromis macrophthalmus David, 1936, with type locality at Albertville [Kalemie], Zaire [Democratic Republic of Congo], Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Poll, 1946
Conservation: Callochromis macrops is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).