Original description as Aulonocara korneliae:
- Meyer, Manfred & R. Riehl and H. Zetzsche. 1987. "A revision of the cichlid fishes of the genus Aulonocara Regan, 1922 from Lake Malawi, with descriptions of six new species (Pisces, Perciformes, Cichlidae).". Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg. pp 7-53 (crc00062)
Conservation: Aulonocara korneliae is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (VU) vulnerable (2006). With deficient data. Aulonocara korneliae is not threatened as the area around Chizumulu Island is very rocky and large beach seines cannot be employed.