Original description as Tilapia kottae:
- Lönnberg, Einar. 1904. "On some fishes from the lakes of the Cameroon Mountain". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7) pp. 135-139 (crc00988)
Conservation: Coptodon kottae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2010).