Original description as Paratilapia wingatii:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1902. "List of the fishes collected by Mr. W. L. S. Loat at Gondokoro". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7) vol. 10: pp. 260-264 (crc01452)
Conservation: Thoracochromis wingatii is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (DD) data deficient (2009).