Original description as Perissodus microlepis:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1898. "Report on the collection of fishes made by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Tanganyika during his expedition 1895-96". Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. pp. 1-37 (crc00006)
- Perissodus burgeoni, with type locality at Nyanza, Burundi, Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Poll, 1956
- Perissodus gracilis, with type locality at Kigoma, Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Determiner: Poll, 1956
Conservation: Perissodus microlepis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Perissodus microlepis is a very common cichlid in several types of habitat and is not threatened by overfishing or otherwise.