Original description as Tilapia lucullae:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1913. "Descriptions of five new cichlid fishes from Africa". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 8) v. 12; n. 71; pp. 482-485 (crc01009)
Conservation: Thoracochromis lucullae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2007).