Original description as Chromis kirkii:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1893. "Second report on the reptiles, batrachians, and fishes transmitted by Mr. H. H. Johnston, C. B., from British Central Africa". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. (4); pp. 616-628 (crc00060)
Conservation: Protomelas kirkii is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018). Although shallow vegetated areas are being destroyed by beach seines, Protomelas kirkii still is a common cichlid in still existing areas.