Original description as Haplochromis thereuterion:
- van Oijen, Martien J.P & F. Witte. 1996. "Taxonomical and ecological description of a species complex of zooplanktivorous and insectivorous cichlids from Lake Victoria". Zool. Verh. (Leiden). pp. 1-56 (crc00361)
Conservation: Haplochromis thereuterion is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2010).