最初命名為 Melanochromis chipokae:
保育: Melanochromis chipokae 被評鑑為國際自然保育聯盟瀕危物種紅皮書名單中的 (VU) 易危的 (2006). That is exactly how the current situation is. The species is restricted to a very small rocky reef near Chipoka and hasn't been seen anywhere else. Increased fishing by ornamental fish collectors in the area has reduced their numbers to a critically low level.