Original description as Paratilapia furcifer:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1898. "Report on the fishes recently obtained by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lake Tanganyika". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 3:494-497 (crc00006)
- Tilapia grandoculis Boulenger, 1899, with type locality at Moliro, Zaire [Democratic Republic of Congo], southern Lake Tanganyika. Determiner: Maréchal et al., 1991
Conservation: Cyathopharynx furcifer is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).