Original description as Haplochromis brownae:
- Greenwood, Peter Humphry. 1962. "A Revision of the Lake Victoria Haplochromis Species (Pisces, Cichlidae), part V". Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology Series. v. 9; n. 4; pp. 139-214 (crc01021)
Conservation: Astatotilapia brownae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2010).