Original description as Petrotilapia genalutea:
- Marsh, Alan 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) (abstract)
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). Petrotilapia genalutea is listed as 'least concern' with 'unknown' trend under the IUCN red list. Given its abundance in the lake and widespread distribution, the species status is seemingly secure.