Original description as Tilapia brevimanus:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1911. "Further descriptions of new freshwater fishes discovered by Dr. W. J. Ansorge in Portuguese Guinea". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Vol. 8 (Ser. 8) pp. 56-57 (crc00229)
- Tilapia savagei Fowler, 1919, with type locality at Mt. Coffee, St. Paul's River, Liberia. Determiner: Paugy et al., 1990
Conservation: Tilapia brevimanus is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).