Original description as Xenotilapia ornatipinnis:
- Boulenger, George Albert. 1901. "Diagnoses of four new fishes discovered by Mr. J. E. S. Moore in Lakes Albert and Albert Edward". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 8[Series 7]12-14 (crc01004)
Conservation: Xenotilapia ornatipinnis is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).