Original description as Pseudotropheus tursiops:
- Burgess, Warren & H.R. Axelrod. 1975. "Pseudotropheus tursiops, a new species of cichlid fish from Lake Malawi". Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. v. 24(n. 3), pp. 86-90 (crc00181)
Conservation: Pseudotropheus tursiops is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2006).