Asia-Tropical, Bougainville present, North Queensland present, Pacific: Fiji (Fiji present), Polynesia present, Solomon Is present
Polynesia (Fiji), Solomon Is. (Bougainville), North Queensland and throughout Malesia.
Until the work of Ching (1938) this species and others were much confused with Polypodium urophyllum Wall. (= Pronephrium repandum (Fee) Holttum), the present species also with Nephrodium latifolium Presl (= Pronephrium meniseiiearpon) and Aspidium glandulosum Bl. (Pronephrium glandulosum); under the last-named Mettenius also cited specimens of Sphaerostephanos peltochlamys (C. Chr.) Holttum (Zollinger 2608, 2920). Specimens from New Guinea and Queensland often have 1-2 short setae on sporangia.