Original description as Tilapia baloni:
- Trewavas, Ethelwynn & D. J. Stewart. 1975. "A new species of Tilapia (Pisces, Cichlidae) in the Zambian Zaïre system". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 28; n. 5; pp. 191-197 (crc01031)
Conservation: Tilapia baloni is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2009).