Original description as Chromidotilapia finleyi:
- Trewavas, Ethelwynn. 1974. "The freshwater fishes of rivers Mungo and Meme and Lakes Kotto, Mboandong and Soden, west Cameroon". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 26(n. 5), pp. 329-419 (crc00243) (abstract)
Conservation: Benitochromis finleyi is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2009).