Original description as Tilapia swynnertoni:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1907. "Description of a new cichlid fish from Portuguese East Africa". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Series 7) v. 20 (n. 115): p. 50 (crc01647)
Conservation: Astatotilapia swynnertoni is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species.