This species is endemic to northeastern Brazil. It was recorded from Parcel Manoel Luis Reefs (Rocha and Rosa 2001), Atol das Rocas (Rosa and Moura 1995), Fernando de Noronha (Feitoza et al. 2003). It has been observed in the Parcel Manuel Luis (MA) (B. Ferreira pers. comm. 2008 as pers. comm. from Luiz Rocha) and in the coast of Rio Grande do norte state (B. Ferreira pers. comm. 2008 as pers. comm. from C. Sampaio) between depths of 30-35 m. Rodrigo LeÃ£o has collected an specimen in Ceara state (MZUSP).