Hoplisoides punctuosus is known as Gorytes punctatus in some older literature. Hoplisoides has only recently been given generic status by British and some European authorities, as it resembles Gorytes in all but a few details. The genus Hoplisoides is found on all continents except Australia and Antarctica.
Hoplisoides punctuosus is not found on mainland Britain but is recorded from Jersey in the Channel Islands. Unfortunately the record(s) need confirmation, as Saunders (1902) was unsure of the determinations and the specimens are not in the Natural History Museum (London) collection (Richards, 1979). H. punctuosus is mainly a central and southern species in Europe, being found in France (mainly the Mediterranean coast and Corsica, but also Normandy, Brittany and occasionally inland) and Germany, where it is considered threatened. It also occurs in north Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and Turkey (Bitsch et al., 1997).