Original description as Tilapia steinbachi:
- Trewavas, Ethelwynn. 1962. "Fishes of the crater lakes of the northwestern Cameroons". Bonner Zoologische Beiträge. 13 (1/3); pp. 146-192 (crc00354)
Conservation: Sarotherodon steinbachi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2009).