Until recently this species was known as gracilis Haupt, 1927 (Wahis, 2006; Collins, 2010). The male is relatively distinctive on the subgenital plate, but the female belongs to the difficult group of Priocnemis.
In Britain this species is predominantly south-eastern, but with scattered records across to Wales and north to Yorkshire. Recorded from Ireland in O’Connor et al. (2009). Not recorded from the Channel Islands.
Overseas it occurs in central Europe (Wolf, 1972), France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania (Wahis, 2011). Wiśniowski (2009) adds Finland, Sweden and Hungary, also Turkey and Siberia.