最初描述为 Cynotilapia pulpican:
- Tawil, Patrick. 2002. "Description de Cynotilapia pulpican n. sp. (Pisces, Teleostei, Cichlidae), nouvelle espèce du Lac Malawi, avec remarques sur les genres Cynotilapia, Microchromis, Maylandia et Metriaclima". L'an Cichlidé. v. 2, pp. 72-81 (crc00178)
保育: Metriaclima pulpican 未被国际自然保护联盟（IUCN）在濒危物种红色名录中为自然保育进行评估. While the Mozambique populations are probably safe, those from around Likoma archipelago are certainly vulnerable because of their concentration in small areas and becaue of the easiness to spot males. Thus, this species should be imported only with parsimony, all the more since it is easy to breed in aquarium and since its popularity allows cost-effective permanent strains for breeders. Its tendency to hybridize with several mbunas is nevertheless a threat for keeping good strains with unconscientious breeders.