Original reference as:
- Ribbink, Anthony J & B.A. Marsh, A.C. Marsh, A.C. Ribbink & B.J. Sharp. 1983. "A preliminary survey of the cichlid fishes of rocky habitats in Lake Malawi". South African Journal of Zoology (Zool. Dierkunde). pp. 149-310 (crc01386)
Conservation: Tropheops sp. 'red cheek' is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.