Original description as Mesonauta mirificus:
- Kullander, Sven & A.M.C. Silfvergrip. 1991. "Review of the South American cichlid genus Mesonauta Günther (Teleostei, Cichlidae) with descriptions of two new species". Revue Suisse de Zoologie. v.98(n. 2), pp. 407-448 (crc00367) (abstract)
Conservation: Mesonauta mirificus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2016).