Original description as Haplochromis stonemani:
- Burgess, Warren & H. R. Axelrod. 1973. "New Cichlids from Lake Malawi". Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine. 22 (2); pp. 14, 87-98 (crc00162)
Conservation: Aulonocara stonemani is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Since this species is rare and appears to have a limited distribution I would classify it as vulnerable.