Original description as Hemitilapia oxyrhynchus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1902. "Diagnoses of new cichlid fishes discovered by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Nyassa". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7) 69-71 (crc00067)
Conservation: Hemitilapia oxyrhynchus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).