Original description as Melanochromis kaskazini:
- Konings-Dudin, Gertrud & A. Konings & J. R. Stauffer Jr. 2009. "Descriptions of three new species of Melanochromis (Teleostei: Cichlidae) and a redescription of M. vermivorus". Zootaxa. 2076: 37-59 (crc01584) (abstract)
Conservation: Melanochromis kaskazini is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. It does not appear to be threatened in its habitat.