Original description as Chromis callipterus:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1893. "Second report on the reptiles, batrachians, and fishes transmitted by Mr. H. H. Johnston, C. B., from British Central Africa". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. (4); pp. 616-628 (crc00060)
- Haplochromis centropristoides Nichols & La Monte, 1931, with type locality at Karonga, Lake Malawi. Determiner: van Oijen et al., 1991
- Neochromis simotes nyassae Borodin , 1936, with type locality at Mwaya, Lake Malawi, Tanzania. Determiner: van Oijen et al., 1991
Conservation: Astatotilapia calliptera is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2010). Although the species is often collected by hook and line fishermen in the rivers surrounding the lake, it does not seem to be endangered in its existence.