Original description as Placidochromis msakae:
- Hanssens, Mark. 2004. "The deep-water Placidochromis species". In: J. Snoeks (ed.), The Cichlid Diversity of Lake Malawi, Identification, Distribution and Taxonomy. pp. 104-196 (crc01165)
Conservation: Placidochromis msakae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2018).