Original description as Tilapia jipe:
- Lowe, R. H.. 1955. "New species of Tilapia (Pisces, Cichlidae) from Lake Jipe and the Pangani River, East Africa". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 2(n. 12), pp. 349-368 (crc01627)
Conservation: Oreochromis jipe is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2006).