Original description as Serranochromis meridianus:
- Jubb, R. A. 1967. "A new Serranochromis (Pisces, Cichlidae) from the Incomati River system, eastern Transvaal, South Africa". Annals of the Cape Provincial Museums (Natural History). v. 6 (pt 5): pp. 55-62 (crc01663)
Conservation: Serranochromis meridianus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2016).