Original description as Melanochromis robustus:
- Johnson, Donald. 1985. "Lake Malawi's monster Melanochromis". Today's Aquarist. v. 1(n. 1), pp. 3 (crc04219)
Conservation: Melanochromis robustus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Since there is intensified fishing for mbuna, this species is more than large enough to be considered food and I would suggest to regard this species vulnerable.