This species is distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region including the Gulf of Aden, East Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Kenya, Mozambique Channel, Madagascar), the Bay of Bengal, Japan (Sagami Bay to Tosa Bay), Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia (West Australia and Queensland) (Holthuis 1991, Zarenkov 2006, DEWHA 2009). It is likely that this species is also distributed in: Malaysia, Cambodia, Viet Nam, southeast China, and Korea (A.C. Cockcroft and A. B. MacDiarmid pers. comm. 2008).
The type locality for this species is 25 miles off