Original description as Tilapia nubila:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1906. "Descriptions of new fishes discovered by Mr E. Degen in Lake Victoria". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (ser. 7) 17; pp. 433-452 (crc00190)
- Haplochromis centropristoides victorianus Borodin, 1936, with type locality at Ukerewe Island, Lake Victoria. Determiner: Trewavas, 1946
Conservation: Astatotilapia nubila is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2010).