Original description as Tilapia grahami:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1912. "Description of a new fish from British East Africa". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 8) v. 9; n. 53; pp. 519-521 (crc01184)
Conservation: Alcolapia grahami is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2006). Introduced in Lake Nakuro in 1953, 1959 and 1962 (Vareschi, 1979).