Original description as Tilapia (Gephyrochromis) linnellii:
- Lönnberg, Einar. 1903. "On a collection of fishes from the Cameroon containing new species". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (Ser. 7) pp. 37-46 (crc00695)
Conservation: Sarotherodon linnellii is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (CR) critically endangered (2009).