Original description as Oreochromis shiranus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1896. "Descriptions of new fishes from the Upper Shiré River, British Central Africa, collected by Dr. Percy Rendall, and presented to the British Museum by Sir Harry H. Johnston, K. C. B.". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. pp. 915-920 (crc00714)
Conservation: Oreochromis shiranus is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.