Original description as Hemichromis sacra:
- Günther, Albert C. L. G. 1865. "Report on a collection of reptiles and fishes from Palestine". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1864, pp. 488-493 (crc01005)
- Chromis paterfamilias Lortet, 1876, with type locality at Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilée) at Aia-Tin, Israel. Determiner: Krupp et al., 1989
Conservation: Tristramella sacra is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EX) extinct (2014). The reasons for the extinction of this species are unknown. Destruction of marshes, the breeding area of the species, has been speculated. as a reason for its extinction.