Original description as Petrotilapia genalutea:
- Marsh, A. C.. 1983. "A taxonomic study of the fish genus Petrotilapia (Pisces: Cichlidae) from Lake Malawi". Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology. pp. 1-14 (crc00157)
Conservation: Petrotilapia genalutea is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006).