Original description as Haplochromis mortimeri:
- Bell-Cross, Graham. 1975. "A revision of certain Haplochromis species (Pisces: Cichlidae) of central Africa". Occasional Papers of the National Museums and Monuments of Rhodesia. v. 5; pt. 7; pp. 405-464 (crc01176)
Conservation: Sargochromis mortimeri is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2007).